Off-Season already? We’re not even into the post season yet. I understand, but I thought it would be fun to see how the team shapes up for next year, before the off-season begins. Last season we went out so quickly that most fans, myself included, mourned a few days and didn’t care to read about the Cubs, let alone the off-season. I thought I would get a jump on that and show you what this team will look like assuming no one that is eligible for free agency returns.

C - Bloodline release Geovany Soto / Koyie Hill

1b – Derrek Lee / Micah Hoffpauir

2b – Mark DeRosa / Mike Fontenot

SS - Ryan Theriot / Ronny Cedeno

3B – Aramis Ramirez

LF

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– Alfonso Soriano

CF – Felix Pie / Sam Fuld

RF - Kosuke Fukudome

SP – Carlos Zambrano

SP - Ted Lilly

SP - Jason Marquis

SP – Sean Marshall

SP - ? (Potential options are Rich Hill, Jeff Samardzija, Kevin Hart, Chad Gaudin)

MR – Angel Guzman

MR – Michael Wuertz

MR

– Neal Cotts

MR – ? (Potentials – Billy Petrick, Jose Ascanio, Jose Ceda, Randy Wells)

MR – ?

CL – Carlos Marmol


Obviously, I don’t truly believe that the Cubs will bring back no one and go with in house options, but it’s important to take a look at what we have in house before going out into the market to fill the needs. Tomorrow, I’ll take a look at the free agents and give my take on which should be brought back and which should be let go. Until then, bask in the wonderful team that could be yours.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail