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Chicago Cubs News: Our Cubs 2017 predictions; The rise of Javier Baez

Mar 14, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Puerto Rico infielder Javier Baez (right) and Carlos Correa (left) react following an out during the eighth inning during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Petco Park. Puerto Rico won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 14, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Puerto Rico infielder Javier Baez (right) and Carlos Correa (left) react following an out during the eighth inning during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Petco Park. Puerto Rico won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports /
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It’s that time of year again. We here at Cubbies Crib make our predictions for the upcoming season. The Chicago Cubs are gearing up for another strong season. Maybe not as strong as we think, but we’ve been right a time or two.

When you’re making predictions for the Chicago Cubs–or any team for that matter–you can’t take yourself too seriously. Sometimes you’re simply happy that it’s been seven months when it’s all said and done. That way, you hope nobody remembers. But occasionally, we get things right. (I guessed the Cubs regular season win total–thanks rain out). So with that, here’s our predictions for the upcoming season.

The Cubs Javier Baez had an impressive run in the playoffs last year. His sparkling defense, timely hitting and Houdini acts on the base paths helped earn him a co-NLCS MVP. He’s carried that over into this season at the WBC in front of the entire world. Even with the loss in last night’s title game, Baez continues to see his stock rise among the young players in the game today.

Matt Szczur is out of options. Plenty of teams–including Atlanta–would be interested in the outfielder. Do the Cubs’ look to get ahead of this and try to get some value for Szczur? Or is his roster spot on this year’s club already claimed? It’s a question that you can’t help asking, even if you think you already know the answer.

These and other stories that you might have missed:

‘The rise of the Cubs’ Baez’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Szczur drawing interest for the Braves’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Can Almora, Jay make up for the loss of Fowler?’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Classic’s momentum can only grow’ – MLB.com

‘Cubbies Crib 2017 season predictions’ – Cubbies Crib

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