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2016 Cubs Spring Training Countdown: 18 Days

Here's someone who has not worn No. 18 for the Cubs... yet.

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It's been a while since a significant Cubs player has worn No. 18. It looked for a while like Geovany Soto might make that number famous, but his Cubs career fizzled.

Since Glenn Beckert wore it for nine years from 1965-73, the player who wore it the longest was Dwight Smith (1989-93) and probably the best was Moises Alou (2002-04).

And that's where we come to Ben Zobrist, signed to a four-year deal with the Cubs last month. Zobrist has worn No. 18 throughout his major-league career with the Rays, Athletics and Royals, so it was pretty obvious he'd take that number.

What can we expect from Zobrist this year? Despite the fact that he's played all over the field through most of his career, I'd expect him to spend the bulk of his time playing second base this year (and for the rest of his Cubs contract), with only a bit of time spent elsewhere.

Zobrist had a very good year in 2015 despite missing quite a bit of time with a knee injury. He hit .276/.359/.450 with 36 doubles and 13 home runs in 126 games (467 at-bats). He had played in at least 150 games in five of the previous six seasons, so if he's healthy, I'd expect him to be in the lineup every day. He's always hit a lot of doubles (averages 36 per 162 games played over his entire career) and it's possible that he could turn some of those into home runs.

What do you expect from the Cubs' newest No. 18?