There are so many other players on this team that could be ready to have a big season for the Cubs. Players like Albert Almora and Willson Contreras who will be getting their first full seasons in. Jon Lester is another that could repeat his fine 2016 season.
But every season has to start somewhere, so these are my guys I’m taking to start this campaign. This team will see more than it’s share of success stories if they stay hungry and motivated like they were last year. And now they have experience. They have depth. And they have the desire to be the first repeat champs since the Big Red Machine in 1976.