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Can you picture this starting rotation? Or the back end of the bullpen?



 Carlos Zambrano, Ted Lilly, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, and BEN SHEETS! Well, can you?

 There has been news  that Jim Hendry might try to add Ben Sheets to the  roster. He would be affordable, if needed, he could be used as a reliever, and when healthy, he's a very good and dependable pitcher. But health has been a problem in the last couple of seasons. He just recovered from elbow surgery that made him miss the entire 2009 season and even if he does sign with the Cubs and passes the physical, how do the Cubs know that they're getting that same pitcher who anchored the Brewer's starting rotation from the the past couple of seasons? 

 Right now, I'm fine with how the rotation is set up. Zambrano, Lilly, Dempster, Wells, and/or Gorzelanny, Samardzija, Silva (God,no) and Sheets. To me, that's one of the best in the majors. Their bullpen will definitely be better than last year and the back end of the pen  and if Sheets doesn't start, he will certainly be used as a late inning reliever.  I'm more worried about the bench than anything else. Hendry did nothing this off-season to improve it. I think it got worse since I don't think  Reed Johnson is returning to the Cubs this season and the loss of Jake Fox didn't really help.

 To me, this will be an excellent problem to have. I don't think that people realize just how many good arms the Cubs have. I think that Spring Training will be key for all the relievers in the Cubs system, especially to Justin Berg, Esmailin Caridad, and David Patton. And if the Cubs do bring Sheets in, Sheets will benefit the most from the competition. I think that adding Sheets might make the Cubs better and give more depth to the bullpen and/or the starting rotation.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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