3 way too early reactions from Chicago Cubs Opening Day

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3 way too early reactions from Chicago Cubs Opening Day - Eric Hosmer should be cut

Toward the end of Spring Training, the Cubs were already beginning to entertain the idea that veteran first baseman Eric Hosmer may not be long for the roster. Edwin Rios showed in Spring Training that he has the potential to be an impact power bat from the left side for the Cubs this season and with the ability to play first base, Hosmer may be the first player waived once the Cubs are in need to make a move to their 40-man roster.

The Cubs, however, did stick to their original plan for Opening Day and Hosmer was in the starting lineup as the team's first baseman. Hosmer went hitless in his four plate appearances and while he did have an impressive pick at first base, he also showed why his defense has regressed as there was a grounder between first base and the pitcher's mound that the veteran misplayed and put Marcus Stroman at a heightened risk of injury.

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The Cubs will undoubtedly give Hosmer the benefit of the doubt but if that doubt creeps into May, the team may opt to play Rios regularly or even Matt Mervis if he has a hot start to the season with the Iowa Cubs.