Complete Chicago Cubs 2014 Spring Training Preview

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Complete Chicago Cubs 2014 Spring Training Preview
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The Chicago Cubs are set to kick off year three of their rebuilding efforts under Theo Epstein and Co., and while it could be another long season on the North Side, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

The team has stockpiled one of the best farm systems in all of baseball, and 2015 has been pointed to as a potential turning point for the franchise for several years now. That will all hinge on the continued development of prized prospects Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Albert Almora, Jorge Soler and others, however.

In the meantime, the team will continue to evaluate their big league talent and look for bounce-back seasons from core pieces like Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo and Jeff Samardzija after all three fell well short of expectations in 2013.

It's been a quiet offseason for the most part, with the team falling short in its run at Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. Still, an improvement over last season's 66-96 finish is doable, even in a tough NL Central.

Spring training is just around the corner, with pitchers and catcher set to report on Feb. 13 and the first full squad workout scheduled for Feb. 19. What follows is your complete spring training preview to the 2014 Chicago Cubs.

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