With spring training right around the corner, I thought I would predict the Chicago Cubs opening day roster before anymore moves and injuries. Here I go:
Set-up Pedro Strop
Right-handed pitcher Jason Motte
Right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm
Right-handed long relief Jacob Turner
Left-handed long relief Felix Doubront
*Top prospect Kris Bryant should be called up in May or so unless he hits .400 or better in spring training. I do not see that happening, but remember when Tyler Colvin did so and made the Cubs decision easy?
*Do not forget about starting pitcher Edwin Jackson. Yes, he is still on the roster. Jackson will compete for a the 5th spot in the rotation or a bullpen spot. I do not have the typical Cubs fan hate for Jackson. I actually do like Jackson and wish he would surprise all of us. His command is just not there. Jackson will compete with Wada, Turner and Doubront for a spot on the roster. I expect three of them to make the opening day roster. I think the Cubs need two more lefties on the roster and why I gave spots to Wada and Doubront. My hunch is Jackson will compete with Turner for the last spot on the roster. Due to Turner’s age and upside, I think the Cubs go with Turner. He showed he can pitch last season after coming over from Miami. If Jackson cannot make a spot on the roster, I expect the Cubs to release him and eat the remaining money on his contract.
*Also, do not forget, the Cubs still have catcher Welington Castillo and starting pitcher Travis Wood on the roster. The reason I do not have either on the opening day roster is because I expect them to be traded. I don’t sense the Cubs to go into the season with three catchers, and out of all the pitchers, Wood has the most trade value.
That is my opening day roster for the Chicago Cubs and side notes on decisions. Have any predictions? Let me know in the comments.