Cubs' window of contention

Starlin Castro -- who is signed through 2019 -- is one of the Cubs' cornerstones. Jennifer Hilderbrand/US Presswire

When most people evaluate offseason moves, they focus mainly on the year ahead. But let's forget about the 2013 season for a second and think about the future.

This week, we're taking a look at every major league team to determine their optimal year for contention over the next five years. This doesn't mean this is the only year that they can contend, but rather which year should provide each them their best chance for a World Series title.

To determine this, we looked at current talent, age of roster, farm system and payroll as well as free agents who figure to be available who could help them reach their goal.

NL East: Braves | Marlins | Mets | Nationals | Phillies

NL Central: Brewers | Cardinals | Cubs | Pirates | Reds

NL West: Thursday, January 17

AL East: Friday, January 18

AL Central: Saturday, January 19

AL West: Sunday, January 20

Window of Contention: Series home

Chicago Cubs

Optimal year of contention: 2015

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