Less than a week until the Cubs pitchers and catchers report to Mesa, Ariz. the starting rotations currently has Travis Wood, Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson, and Jake Arrieta penciled in with the fifth spot up for grabs.
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Dallas Beeler, Brooks Raley, Neil Ramirez, Chris Rusin, and Carlos Villanueva and non-roster invitees Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada could compete for the fifth spot if the Cubs do not sign another starting pitcher.
Below, is MLB Trade Rumors free agent tracker list of all starting pitchers currently available on the free agent market:
"Bronson Arroyo, Scott Baker, Erik Bedard, A.J. Burnett, Chris Capuano, Bruce Chen, Jon Garland, Jason Hammel, Tommy Hanson, Aaron Harang, Philip Humber, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jair Jurrjens, Jeff Karstens, Paul Maholm, Jason Marquis, James McDonald, Roy Oswalt, Clayton Richard, Ervin Santana, Johan Santana, Joe Saunders, Jake Westbrook, Jerome Williams, Suk-min Yoon, Barry Zito"
Over the next few days, Cubbies Crib will begin a series to breakdown potential arms for the Cubs to sign from free agency. Hanson, Jurrjens, McDonald, and Richard will highlight the list as they fit Cubs president of baseball operations, Theo Epstein’s plan to find players at a bargain.