I realize that General Manager Jed Hoyer is going to sign at least a few free agents and probably make at least one trade this off-season, yet this is my projection of the Cubs opening day 25-man roster when considering only players who are currently under team control.
Catchers Welington Castillo and Rafael Lopez.
The most obvious omission is Darwin Barney, who is way too limited offensively despite his gold glove caliber defense. I compare him to a great blocking tight end in the NFL who is very limited as a receiver. The Cubs need more offense than he can provide. Cabrera makes it over Justin Grimm only because Grimm has minor league options remaining. Castillo is the only catcher on the 40-man roster, so I chose Lopez as the backup because his offensive numbers are clearly better than any of the other candidates, either at Iowa or Tennessee.