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Who Will The Cubs Add To The 40-Man Roster?

There will be many changes to the Cubs' 40-man roster this offseason.

Willson Contreras playing for the Kane County Cougars in 2013
Willson Contreras playing for the Kane County Cougars in 2013
Sue Skowronski

Sunday, I wrote here about the contract status of everyone currently on the Cubs' 40-man roster.

There will be at least eight spots open on the 40-man roster, the way I see it, for players to be added for protection from the Rule 5 draft. Granted that some of the free-agents-to-be could be invited back, but the Cubs will need to protect some young players who could be important parts of the club going forward.

In this Tribune article, we learn the identity of one player who will likely be added (and this should come as no surprise to you):

Willson Contreras, a Venezuelan who signed with the Cubs in 2009, is on the verge of creating a pleasant problem because his hitting could match his defense.

Contreras won the Double-A Southern League batting title with a .333 batting average. His hitting prowess featured 34 doubles, 75 RBIs and a .413 on-base percentage.

The Cubs continue to groom Schwarber as a catcher, but David Ross is entering the final season of his contract, and Miguel Montero's deal ends after the 2017 season.

Contreras, 23, will be placed on the 40-man roster next month and is projected to start 2016 at Triple-A Iowa.

Contreras was named the Cubs' Minor League Player of the Year and was honored for this in September at Wrigley Field. He could well become the Cubs' starting catcher in a couple of years. First, obviously, the team would like to see whether he can replicate his fantastic Double-A season in Triple-A in 2016.

Who else do you think should be added to the 40-man roster? The deadline for adding players for protection from the Rule 5 draft is November 20.