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Offseason Lowdown: Health is Key for Cubs

February 16, 2007 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano will be counted on to lead the rotation again this season.
Whether or not the Big Z gets his contract extension, he’ll need to step up and deliver another Cy Young type season if the Cubs plan to rebound from 2006’s disaster.

The Cubs spent plenty of money this offseason in the hopes that they’ll finally get over the Curse of the Billy Goat or Bartman or whatever dark forces conspire to keep them out of the World Series for the past 60+ years. Additions like Alfonso Soriano, Ted Lilly and Cliff Floyd will definitely help, but what this team needs more than anything is for its incumbents to stay healthy. In this week’s Offseason Lowdown, we try to determine how much Chicago has improved after last season’s debacle.

We explore the team’s key acquisitions, discuss its strengths and weaknesses, project the lineup and rotation, answer the key question facing the club and highlight some prospects that may soon show up at Wrigley.

We tackle all this and plenty more in this week’s Offseason Lowdown.

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