LOS ANGELES, March 21, 2013 — The Chicago Cubs are baseball’s loveable losers with an emphasis on “losers.” The organization is in rebuilding mode, but that is going to take a few seasons. The Cubs ended 2012 with a record of 61-101.
With Houston moving to the American League, the Cubs will have no competition for last place this year. They do have a few bright spots to watch for this year on both offense and on the mound.
Jeff Samardzija is the bonefide ace of a rotation that is respectable at best. Matt Garza, their second best pitcher, will most likely start the season on the DL. They also signed free agent pitcher Edwin Jackson, who has a no hitter in his past. That no hitter came with nine walks, an amazing feat.
Anthony Rizzo will play his first full big league season this year and should put up fantastic numbers. Other players to look for on offense are Starlin Castro at short and veteran $19 million dollar man, Alfonso Soriano in left field.
Projected payroll: $103,118,810
Notable Players Out: RHP Manny Corpas, RHP Justin Germano
Notable Players In: RHP Edwin Jackson, RHP Carlos Villanueva, RHP Kyuji Fujikawa, RF Nate Shierholtz
Prospect Watch: OF Jorge Soler and RHP Arodys Vizcaino
Highlight Hitter: 1B Anthony Rizzo (ZiPS 2013 Projections: .279/.351/.503 31 HR/85 R/109 RBI)
Highlight Pitcher: RHP Jeff Samardzija (ZiPS 2013 Projections: 12-9, 3.62 ERA, 9.16 K/9,169 IP)
Projected Lineup: C Welington Castillo, 1B Anthony Rizzo, 2B Darwin Barneys, 3B Luis Valbuena, SS Starlin Castro, LF Alfonso Soriano, CF David DeJesus, RF Nate Shierholtz
Projected Rotation: RHP Jeff Samardzija, RHP Edwin Jackson, RHP Scott Feldman, LHP Travis Wood, RHP Carlos Villanueva
Projected Closer: RHP Carlos Marmol
Manager: Dale Sveum
Projected 2013 Finish in NL Central: 1. TBA 2. TBA 3. TBA 4. TBA 5. Chicago Cubs
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