Projecting the Cubs' Final 25-Man Roster at the Start of Spring Training

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Projecting the Cubs' Final 25-Man Roster at the Start of Spring Training
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As spring training gets underway and position battles begin, it's time to look forward to who's in and who's out on the Chicago Cubs' Opening Day 25-man roster. Several spots are already set in stone for the North Siders, and many more are still to be decided. 

There are plenty of intriguing storylines. Will Darwin Barney hold onto the starting second base job? Will Mike Olt finally claim the third base job? These and plenty of other questions may be answered this spring.

New additions such as Jason Hammel and Emilio Bonifacio will look to prove their worth. Bonifacio will fight for a spot on the 25-man roster, while Hammel will work to be the team's No. 4 starter. It's always interesting to see new faces in spring training and consider how they could possibly contribute.

On the infield, there are essentially five guys battling for three spots. Bonifacio, Olt, Luis Valbuena, Ryan Roberts and Logan Watkins will be battling with each other all spring long. It's going to be a tight one and it's a rare occasion where Spring Training results will completely matter in determining who makes the 25-man roster come April. 

Another area of note is the bullpen. Many players already know what their roles will be and that they have a spot locked up. However, others like Blake Parker, Arodys Vizcaino, Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm will be battling for the last couple of spots. Additionally, Pedro Strop could potentially win the closer job with a strong spring even though the veteran Jose Veras is the favorite. 

Based on the direction their careers are going and how they fit into the team's future plans, here are the 25 players on the Cubs' projected roster for 2014.

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