This team is so good.
And they just got better over the winter because Cubs' Management is so smart, and this team... this team is the one people want to be on.
Not really since Dusty Baker did you hear that from the players.
And this last winter, you heard it alot.
Imagine a 26 year old Jason Heyward, perhaps the best right fielder in the game and in his prime, turning down more money so he could come play here.
It's not quite an Andre blank contract, but it sure made you like Heyward even before he put on the blue hat.
And now he's here, and now it's today, the day after the Cubs told us all who the Final 25 would be.
Heyward, Soler, Schwarber, Fowler and out-of-options Matt Szczur in the outfield.
Rizzo, Zobrist, Russell, Bryant, and lucky Tommy LaStella in the infield.
Arrieta, Lester, Lackey, Hendricks and Hammel starting.
Catching is Montero and David Ross, retiring at the end of the season.
And relieving will be Rondon, newb Adam Warren, Strop, Grimm, Wood, Trevor Cahill, Clayton Richard and I'm so happy to say Neil Ramirez, who's out of options as well.
Javier Baez starts off on the DL with the injured thumb from sliding headfirst into first in a spring training game, and one would hope he spends some time getting it into his head to slide feet first from now on and forever.
The Cubs also signed Kawasaki (and I'm certain we'll see him at some point), along with pitcher Manny Para and recuperating OF Shane Victorino.
I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED!