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The Chicago Cubs are a team that has been in the rebuilding phase for a few years, and this year is no different. They made positive steps last season by getting younger and developing the players who were in the minors. A last place finish in the NL Central at 66-96 certainly is disappointing, but that was expected.

The Cubs hired a new manager in Rick Renteria and now have Theo Epstein as their President of Baseball Operations for his second year with the club. Epstein is famous for turning around the Red Sox organization and ending their long World Series drought. The Cubs have had an even longer drought of 106 years without a World Series Championship, and it looks like that drought will continue at least one more year.

Some players to keep an eye on this season include top prospects Starlin Castro, Junior Lake and Anthony Rizzo. These guys will be the focal point to a Cubs offense that was ranked 28th out of 30 teams last season. Another area in which the Cubs will need to improve on this season is the starting rotation. They don’t have someone like Verlander or Kershaw who can carry a team; they do it by committee headed by Jeff Samardzija.

— Nick Konotopskyj

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