Chicago Cubs Finalize the Opening 2023 Roster

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Chicago Cubs Finalize the Opening 2023 Roster

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The big decisions all got made earlier in the week, so we already more or less knew the 26-man roster the Chicago Cubs would go with to open the 2023 season.

The last lingering question was that final bullpen spot, and it’s going to Mark Leiter, Jr. That means the Cubs will open with eight righties in the bullpen, and not a single lefty. Figure it has to have been a while since the Cubs opened a season without a single lefty in the bullpen. But Leiter has strong reverse splits thanks to his splitter, and he owned lefties in a relief role last year. He could opt out of his minor league deal if the Cubs didn’t add him to the roster today, so I’m glad the Cubs did.

The full Opening Day roster, which nominally includes just two “outfielders” …

Starting Pitchers

Marcus Stroman

Justin Steele

Jameson Taillon

Drew Smyly

Hayden Wesneski


Michael Fulmer

Brad Boxberger

Adbert Alzolay

Keegan Thompson

Javier Assad

Julian Merryweather

Michael Rucker

Mark Leiter, Jr.


Yan Gomes

Tucker Barnhart

Luis Torrens


Eric Hosmer

Trey Mancini

Nico Hoerner

Dansby Swanson

Patrick Wisdom

Miles Mastrobuoni

Nick Madrigal

Edwin Rios


Ian Happ

Cody Bellinger

Author: Brett Taylor

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