The Chicago Cubs head into Spring Training with a roster that’s very similar to last season. But there are still questions that need to be answered. We look at a few of the top ones for the Cubs this spring.
There’s have been few changes for the Chicago Cubs this offseason, but enough to leave questions for them entering Spring Training. From replacing David Ross to the new look bullpen, the Cubs will try to find a way to replicate the 2016 World Series run. Our Corey Francis looks at five of the key questions for the Cubs this spring.
There no denying the impact that Ross had on this team as well as his batterymate Jon Lester. But now that he’s retired (sort of), the Cubs have tabbed Ross’ replacement for Lester in 2017. The young Willson Contreras will handle the catching duties for him this season. Contreras’ ability behind the plate coupled with him arm should give the Cubs what the need with Lester on the mound.
While we knew that Contreras and Miguel Montero would do the majority of the catching, you still can’t count out Kyle Schwarber. Doctors medically cleared him to catch two days per week. This will allow Joe Maddon the opportunity to keep Schwarber as the No. 3 catcher–but more than like an “emergency option” for the Cubs this season.
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