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Chicago Cubs new manager Dale Sveum, right, throws out a ceremonial first pitch as Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations, plays with a ball during the 27th Annual Chicago Cubs Convention in Chicago on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012.

CHICAGO — For all the talk about the Chicago Cubs' future, Theo Epstein isn't ready to write them off for next season.

The club's new president of baseball operations says the Cubs just might surprise a few people even though there are some question marks on the roster and holes in the farm system.

Epstein sees each season as a "sacred opportunity to win" and insists the Cubs have "have more talent than we're given credit for." He spoke Saturday during a question-and-answer session with fans at the Cubs Convention.

Chicago is undergoing a major overhaul, and a quick turnaround appears unlikely. There were some rumblings the Cubs were eyeing Prince Fielder, particularly after they hired manager Dale Sveum off Milwaukee's staff. But Sveum says that's "just not going to happen."