With Jorge Soler Set to make his major league debut tonight against the Cincinnati Reds, the Chicago Cubs’ Future takes one more step towards actualization. Soler is the third Cubs’ rookie who has been called up in 2014 who looks to be a staple in the lineup for years to come and now the Cubs’ only have three “open” positions left in their starting lineup.
Everyone in the Cubs’ starting lineup now figures to be a significant part of their long-term future except for Welington Castillo, Luis Valbuena and Chris Coghlan/Justin Ruggiano. And two of the “open” spots could be filled as soon as next season with the arrival of Kris Bryant and, possibly, Kyle Schwarber/Albert Almora/Addison Russell. The Chicago Cubs are so close to putting Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer’s plan into action but there are still a number of big decisions ahead of them in the near future. The most pressing being, who will be removed from the starting lineup (or possibly traded) when Bryant, Schwarber, Almora and/or Russell arrive? And a little later down the line, how do Billy McKinney, Dan Vogelbach and Victor Caratini fit into the mix? Chances are a couple of the aforementioned names will be packaged up to acquire a frontline starter or established catcher but, at this point, it’s not practical to make any definitive plans.
The Cubs will use the last month of the 2014 season and the 2015 spring training to evaluate the pieces that they currently have (their pitching prospects in particular) and then proceed from there. But regardless of how the future turns out, we will get a great look at the future of the Chicago Cubs over the next few weeks!
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