CATCHER: Willson Contreras is one of the best in the game, it doesn't really matter who his backup is.
INFIELD: Three spots are set with Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell. Second base is in flux with Javier Baez, Ian Happ and Ben Zobrist all in the mix.
OUTFIELD: Kyle Schwarber, whose best position is designated hitter, is the only one guaranteed a spot. Jason Heyward is still in tow, and will likely play, but, well, he's good at fielding. Happ and Zobrist both dabble in the outfield with Albert Almora Jr. deserving of more time, let's see if he gets it.
BENCH: There's a good chance Zobrist spends more time as a reserve than regular. Tommy La Stella can also play all over the place.
ROTATION: Jon Lester and Jose Quintana front the rotation with stalwart Kyle Hendricks doing his thing. Mike Montgomery deserves a spot, leaving one up for grabs. Chances are the club brings someone in to replace jake Arrieta with Eddie Butler and Luke Farrell long-shot in house candidates.
BULLPEN: Wade Davis is a free agent, opening up the closer spot for Carl Edwards Jr., though the club will likely brings someone in from outside the organization. The rest of the 'pen is solid with Pedro Strop, Justin Wilson and Hector Rondon.
PROSPECTS TO WATCH: The once plush system is now barren.
POSSIBLE ACQUISITIONS: Pitching will be the focus as at least one starter will be signed, as well as possibly a closer.
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