With the Chicago Cubs reporting to training camp in Mesa, Arizona in a month, who will emerge from Cactus League play as a member of the 25-man roster.
There’s still a handful of options left for Joe Maddon, Theo Epstein, and Jed Hoyer to go over once it’s time for baseball to return in early March, leading up to the 2016 campaign.
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Chicago will likely enter the season with multiple starting pitchers on the roster by starting off the season with Trevor Cahill, Travis Wood, and Clayton Richard working out of the bullpen. A few spot starts may be necessary depending on what happens early on, so consider them insurance.
It’s clear who will be out on the field once the regular season starts, but what about the bench? Obviously, outfielder Chris Coghlan will have a spot in the dugout, giving Maddon an option when it comes to both left and right field, as well as second base if it’s completely necessary.
Next to him should be non-other than Tommy La Stella. La Stella had himself a solid 2015 campaign despite spending most of it on the disabled list.
While we sit and wait for the 25-man roster to come together, former right fielder, Sammy Sosa, missed out on the Hall of Fame yet again. This opened the door for both Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza.
But now is it time for Sosa to forget about the Hall of Fame and focus on patching things up with the team in which he spent the majority of his career with? Fans would hope so, but the chances of this happening are unlikely.
Hopefully, at least, one day, Slammin’ Sammy Sosa will make his way out from the home dugout and into right field in his return to Wrigley Field.
This time, not as a player, but an individual who is being honoured. Despite all the trouble, this man gave us Cubs fans plenty to cheer for throughout his career up until he was traded.
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