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How many of the current Chicago Cubs will be with the team in 2022?

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Chicago Cubs: What will the pitchers and catchers look like?

Barring something unimaginable, or an act of God, Willson Contreras will be this team’s starting catcher. The Cubs do need to find an adequate backup at the position, though. Of all the numerous 30-plus year-old backstops we have seen this year, Robinson Chirinos has impressed me the most, but he is 37 years old and one doesn’t know how much longer he will play.

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As we all know, the starting rotation is where the Chicago Cubs need the most help. After Kyle Hendricks I really don’t see anyone who is consistently impressive. Adbert Alzolay still needs work. Zach Davies is a total unknown as to which pitcher we’re going to see when he takes the mound – and given he’s a free agent at year’s end, it seems likely the team lets him walk. Justin Steele may still breakthrough this year, we can hope. Alec Mills is a dependable fill-in starter. After that, quien sabe?

In the bullpen? So many names, so may questions. Rex Brothers, Dan Winkler, Keegan Thompson, Dillon Maples, Brad Wieck, Adam Morgan, Trevor Megill; the names go on and on. Perhaps the one I’m most interested in is Tommy Nance, who was sent down to get more work. Watch this space as there will be plenty of young arms vying for roles next spring.

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That’s my take on the current crop. Of course we have no idea who waits in the wings to be snatched up during the offseason. There should be some interesting negotiations in the offing. All I know is the Cubs better grab some solid major league players, beginning with high-quality starting pitchers, before next season rolls around or it’s going to be another long summer.

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