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Now We Know: Here’s the Cubs’ Projected Opening Day Roster

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With the final set of spring cuts in the books, and the disabled list plan laid out, we can now say this is your expected 2017 Opening Day roster for the Chicago Cubs:

Starting Pitchers

  • Jon Lester
  • Jake Arrieta
  • John Lackey
  • Brett Anderson
  • Kyle Hendricks

Relief Pitchers

  • Wade Davis
  • Hector Rondon
  • Pedro Strop
  • Koji Uehara
  • Mike Montgomery
  • Justin Grimm
  • Carl Edwards Jr.



  • Willson Contreras
  • Miguel Montero



  • Anthony Rizzo
  • Ben Zobrist
  • Javy Baez
  • Tommy La Stella
  • Addison Russell
  • Kris Bryant


  • Kyle Schwarber
  • Matt Szczur
  • Jon Jay
  • Albert Almora Jr.
  • Jason Heyward


The best news I can give you about this roster: were it not for the Cubs’ signaling early in the offseason that they intended to carry eight relievers out of the gate, this would have been the exact Opening Day roster you would have predicted as far back as January, when the Cubs signed Brett Anderson. Why is that good news? Because that means the Cubs haven’t had any serious injuries this spring, and no ugly surprises.

Go get ’em on Sunday, gents.


Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.