don't know how much Sveum had to do with the Cubs only moving up two spots in the draft order. Look, the ML roster just wasn't good. Castro and Rizzo having so so seasons may worry me a little, but Sveum doesn't grab a bat or glove and play. Plus, both Rizzo and Castro are very young. This was only Rizzo's first full season. Last year was his big callup.
To me that's the concern. That roster isn't winning much with anyone at the helm. But with 2014 bringing the arrival of baez (almost a gurantee) and most likely bryant towards the end, if they have concerns over his ability to develop players this move had to be made today.
The future is extremely bright for the minor league Cubs, and that's really what I'm concerning myself with. Dale Sveum's lineup cards and decisions never really bothered me. Then again, I didn't watch much Cubs baseball this year. Or last.
I have a mixed bag on this. I think the front office may have made him run marmol out there to try to squeeze an ounce of trade value out of him...but if they didn't then he's dumb as a brick. Either way I really think the record had little to do with the decision and it's a lack of trust in his ability to groom talent. could become of one of those 'the devil you know' things though.