As the Cubs begin spring training, the team's roster remains incomplete, with many moving parts in the pitching staff. The manager estimates a need for 25-30 pitchers to successfully navigate the season, emphasizing the importance of keeping players healthy and productive for the long term. The volatility of bullpens adds complexity, making it difficult to determine player roles for the season. While the offense looks strong, the absence of key players like Bellinger poses a challenge. However, the team aims to solve for wins and is optimistic about the potential of young prospects alongside the veteran lineup. The goal is to make more than just modest improvements after a multiyear rebuild and an unexpected end to the previous season.

The Big Picture

The Cubs face the challenge of dealing with an incomplete roster and uncertainties in player roles as they enter spring training, aiming for significant improvements after a period of rebuilding and last season's unexpected collapse.

By the Numbers
  • Estimated need for 25-30 pitchers for a successful season instead of the 13 on the Opening Day pitching staff
  • Offensive leaders by position in the 2023 season: center field (132 wRC+), right field (127 wRC+), left field (117 wRC+), and third base (104 wRC+)
Yes, But

The volatility of bullpens adds complexity, making it difficult to determine player roles for the season, posing a challenge for the team.

State of Play
  • Manager estimates a need for 25-30 pitchers for a successful season
  • The unpredictability of player roles in the bullpen presents a challenge
  • The offense looks strong, but the absence of key players like Bellinger poses a challenge
What's Next

The team aims to make significant improvements after a multiyear rebuild and an unexpected end to the previous season, hoping for more than just modest progress.

Bottom Line

The Cubs face the challenge of an incomplete roster and uncertainties in player roles as they enter spring training, aiming for significant improvements after a period of rebuilding and last season's unexpected collapse.