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Which Cubs Star Would You Sign To An Extension?

Here's a thought exercise for you as we approach spring training.

Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Let me preface this by saying I don't think the Cubs are going to sign any of these players to a contract extension before next offseason.

But what if they were? What if Theo & Co. got the go-ahead from Tom Ricketts and Crane Kenney to go ahead and try to sign one or more of the Cubs' key young (in one case, as you'll see, not so young) players to a long-term extension?

What I'm going to ask you here is to choose just one of these players that you'd most want locked up to a long-term deal. Listed here in alphabetical order, and with a few (not a comprehensive list, though) pros and cons of contract extension.

Jake Arrieta

Obviously, I'm starting with someone not so "young." Jake turns 30 in about two weeks. The Cubs have him under team control for two more seasons.

Pro: Arrieta had a season for the ages in 2015. He might have the best workout routine in baseball and seems to be past prior injury issues. It would be great to have this kind of pitcher lead the staff for several years to come.

Con: The Cubs still have two more years of Arrieta. He'll be 32 at the end of the 2017 season, and signing him to a deal beyond that carries risk, as it's possible he could get hurt again or be starting a career decline. And Scott Boras is his agent, meaning this wouldn't come cheap in any event.

Kris Bryant

Pro: Bryant's outstanding rookie year means that if he has another year like that, waiting to lock him up long-term will cost exponentially more. Locking him up now (perhaps to a deal like Mike Trout got) could save the team a lot of money in the long run.

Con: Bryant could suffer a sophomore slump, in which case it might not cost as much. Holding him back those controversial few days got the Cubs an extra year of team control. Also, as for Arrieta, Scott Boras.

Anthony Rizzo

I'm putting Rizzo here because he's still relatively young (27 in August).

Pro: Though he's signed to a team-friendly deal through 2019 (with fairly inexpensive options for 2020 and 2021), perhaps vesting those options and giving him a couple more option years would keep the clear team leader from free agency for a long tim.

Con: That team-friendly contract gets you six more years. Why bother?

Addison Russell

Pro: In many seasons, Russell's rookie year might have been good enough for Rookie of the Year. He made a seamless transition to shortstop and it's hard to think that he's 22 this year -- the age at which many college players are just starting in the minor leagues.

Con: He's just 22! Let's see what he does this year before seeing if the Cubs can lock him up. As was the case with Bryant, the late recall means he's under team control for six more seasons.

Kyle Schwarber

Pro: The man can hit. I mean, really hit. If the N.L. does adopt the DH, he'd be perfect for the role. Could be a perennial 30-homer man who also draws walks.

Con: The man doesn't really have a position, though he'll likely be the starting left fielder this year. Also, like Russell and Bryant, the Cubs have him under team control for six more years.

Who would you extend? Or maybe no one? Have your say in the comments.