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2017 Cubs Spring Training Countdown: Day 11

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What will happen to Tommy La Stella?

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The photo of Tommy La Stella above is from September 2015. He wore No. 11 all that year before switching to No. 2 last year.

2016 wasn’t a happy year for TLS. He was optioned to Triple-A Iowa in early August due to a roster crunch and decided not to report. This likely wasn’t a good career move. Eventually, he did report to Iowa and was recalled when rosters expanded September 1. He got a fair amount of playing time in September (22 games, eight starts) but didn’t hit well during that time, .220/.289/.293 (9-for-41), and then had just one at-bat during the postseason, a pinch-hit fly out in the seventh inning of Game 1 of the NLDS against the Giants.

La Stella survived the offseason on the 40-man roster and thus, will be in spring training with a shot at the Opening Night roster.

Should he get it? He’s somewhat versatile and can play second base or third base. But he’s not defensively strong at either position. He can be a good pinch-hitter, but in 2016 during the regular season he was just 5-for-31 (with six walks) in that role.

So, even though TLS no longer wears No. 11, on this day with 11 days remaining before pitcher/catcher reporting day, I’ll throw out this question: Should Tommy La Stella make the Cubs’ Opening Night roster?