Pretty much everyone is aware that the Chicago Cubs and assorted prospect and veteran invitees will report to spring training in less than two weeks. The positions are filled, for the most part, but there will be some solid competition for depth positions, at the bottom of the rotation, and possibly in the bullpen. Here’s a look at a few players it would be good idea to keep an eye on, and how their performance might affect the Cubs in 2016.
In particular, it will be interesting to see how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon arrange their final roster. They lean toward versatility, players who can back up in multiple roles, and they have several such players in both the infield and outfield. Will they go with five infielders and four outfielders, or the other way around? Who will make their major-league debut in 2016? What will the rotation and bullpen look like? Here’s a quick breakdown of what to watch for.