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Cincinnati0-10-1
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Cubs' Kyle Schwarber: Will bat leadoff this season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Schwarber will bat leadoff for the Cubs this season, Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago reports.

He had been the frontrunner for the spot this offseason, but it was finally confirmed Friday. The strategy for manager Joe Maddon here is to bat Kris Bryant second and Anthony Rizzo third, thus forcing pitchers to face a deadly trio. It's unclear who will take over on Schwarber's off days, but Ben Zobrist, Albert Almora, and Addison Russell have been mentioned as options. Schwarber, meanwhile, will have an immediate chance to contribute after missing nearly the entire 2016 season with a torn ACL and MCL.

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Cubs' Pedro Strop: Inks extension
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Strop signed an extension with the Cubs, earning $5.85 million in 2018, with a club option of $6.25 million or a $500,000 buyout for 2019, Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald reports.

Strop hasn't delivered an ERA above 2.91 or a K/9 below 10.48 in the last three seasons, and he posted a career-best 2.85 BB/9 last year. The right-hander carries closer stuff but ranks third at best on the Cubs' depth chart for saves behind Wade Davis and Hector Rondon. However, the 31-year-old still carries fantasy value for occasional strikeout help, along with a significant boost in leagues that count holds.

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Cubs' Kyle Schwarber: Frontrunner to lead off
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Schwarber is the early favorite to bat leadoff for the Cubs in 2017, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.

The 23-year-old missed nearly all of 2016 with a torn ACL and MCL, however, he made a miraculous comeback in the playoffs for the World Series champs, slashing .412/.500/.471 in 20 plate appearances during the postseason. Although it was a small sample size, manager Joe Maddon is apparently sold on his ability to get on base and will give him the chance to lead off next season. When Schwarber is resting, Ben Zobrist will likely step in to bat leadoff.

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Cubs' Brett Anderson: Will toe rubber Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Anderson will start Monday's spring training game against the White Sox, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Anderson's health has often prevented him from cashing in on his once elite talent. He's set to compete with fellow left-hander Mike Montgomery, among others, for the No. 5 rotation spot and could be of fantasy service in mixed leagues if he can hold it sometime this season.

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Cubs' Mike Montgomery: Takes hill for spring opener
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Montgomery will start the Cubs' first spring training game Saturday against the Athletics, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

He's competing with fellow southpaw Brett Anderson and a few others for the No. 5 rotation gig. He'll have to make the switch back to starting after enjoying bullpen success, but he's worth watching heading into fantasy drafts as a potential sleeper.

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2016 Team Leaders
AVGAnthony Rizzo , 1B.292
HRKris Bryant , 3B39
RBIAnthony Rizzo , 1B109
OBPDexter Fowler , CF.393
SLGKris Bryant , 3B.554
RKris Bryant , 3B121
SBDexter Fowler , CF13
WJon Lester , SP19
ERAKyle Hendricks , SP2.13
WHIPKyle Hendricks , SP0.98
KJon Lester , SP197
SVAroldis Chapman , RP36

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