This time last year, even the Cubs executives who knew Anthony Rizzo better than anyone else couldn't be certain that they were getting a core player for the next decade.
The games just blended together as the Cubs morphed into a version of Triple-A Iowa and headed toward 101 losses.
As the Cubs added two more pitchers to the mix Thursday, the Opening Day roster has rounded into focus a bit more.
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The Cubs dont have a true Plan B after losing out on Anibal Sanchez, in that they dont see any other free agent on the market worth that kind of commitment.