Chicago Cubs: Predicting their 2012 Opening Day Lineup

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Chicago Cubs: Predicting their 2012 Opening Day Lineup
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For fans of the Chicago Cubs, change is a good thing.

After years of indefensible contracts (I’m looking at you, Mr. Soriano), draft picks who didn’t quite pan out and underwhelming season after underwhelming season, a new ownership group has a chance to breathe new life into one of baseball’s signature franchises in 2012.

What form the Cubs roster will take next season is anyone’s guess. The Ricketts family could continue the policy of carefree expenditures that has been partially responsible for the Cubs' recent failures, or they could take a more measured, less flashy approach to building a team. They could also combine the two strategies and land a big-name free agent or two to tide fans over while a new generation develops.

Here is a totally unsubstantiated prognostication of what the 2012 Cubs lineup will look like on Opening Day. 

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