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For the commissioner of the FOR KEEPS Dynasty Fantasy Baseball League, Sean Flynn. It’s as unsettling as the Twins Primer was, though, so you may just wish to remember that there’s always next year.

The Cubs are in re-building mode, and the exit of the Astros from the National League Central division to the American League West means the Cubs must play other, non-Astro opponents 15 more times than in 2012. As the Astros lost 106 games in 2012, and as the Cubs managed to win 8 of the 15 games, even if the Cubs get a little better they still are looking at a 90-loss season.

There are some good young players here: Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, maybe even Wellington Castillo. They imported an intriguing relief pitcher from Japan, Kyuji Fujikawa. But they still have a lot of holes in the lineup to be filled.

NEWS

Chicago Sun-Times

MLB

Chicago Cubs Report

Cubbies Crib

Obstructed View

The View from the Bleachers

SPRING STORYLINE

Following 2012 dumpter sale by Epstein and Jed Hoyer, Cubs bring 63 players to 1013 camp, 25 of whom were not with the organization last season. That’s kind of like Major League, but…wait, that’s what happened in Houston. The Cubs resemble nothing so much as a northern, quieter version of the Astros: blowing stuff up to get talent for the future.

Cubs fans are faithful (excellent piece from the Sun-Time worth the time to read).

 

ROSTER

Rotation

Jeff Samardzija

Edwin Jackson

Scott Felman

Travis Wood

Carlos Villanueva

Injured

Scott Baker (Tommy John 4/17/2012)

Matt Garza, strained lat, doubtful for start of season.

Others

Alberto Cabrera MLB

Arodys Vizcaino (Tommy John 2012)

Robert Whitenack A+

Brooks Raley MLB

Chris Rusin MLB

Casey Coleman MLB

Barret Loux AA

Nick Struck AA

Bullpen

CL Carlos Marmol

Setup Kyuji Fujikawa

Shawn Camp

Mid James Russell

Michael Bowden

Rafael Dolis

Long Hector Rondon

Others

Trey McNutt AA

Drew Carpenter AAA

Jaye Chapman MLB

Jensen Lewis AAA

Blake Parker MLB

Zach Putnam MLB

Cory Wade MLB

Hisanori Takahashi MLB

Fujikawa, Marmol’s competition, had an INSANE record in Japan.

Projected Lineup

1 David DeJesus CF

2 Nate SCherholtz RF (v RHP)

3 Anthony Rizzo 1B

4 Alfonso Soriano LF

5 Starlin Castro SS

6 Ian Stewart 3B

7 Wellington Castillo C

8 Darwin Barney 2B

Bench

C Dioner Navarro

IF/OF Brent Lillibridge

IF/OF Luis Balbuena

OF Scott Hairston (v LHP)

OF Dave Sappelt

Others

C/1B Steve Clevenger MLB

3B Christian Villanueva A+

3B Josh Vitters MLB

SS/3B Junior Lake AA

IF/OF Logan Watkins AA

OF Brett Jackson MLB

OF Jorge Soler A

OF Matthew Szczur AA

IF Alberton Gonzalez MLB

IF Edwin Maysonet MLB

OF Brian Bougusevic MLB

OF Johermyn Chavez AA

OF Darnell McDonald MLB

Infield Primer

Outfield Primer

Minors & Prospects

Minor League Affiliates

Prospects–Baseball Prospectus

Prospects—FanGraphs

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Written by jjvedamuthu

March 30, 2013 at 21:27

Posted in Baseball, Cubs, NL Central

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