Here is my Opening Day 25-man roster-
15 day DL-
Carlos Silva will be caught in a numbers game and be put on the DL with a mysterious injury unless he really pitches well this Spring. Lilly of course will start the season on the DL but should be ready to pitch by the middle of April.
The Cubs will go with 4 starters and a nice young pen to start the season because they do not need a 5th starter until the 12th of April. Shark will get experience in AAA as a starter he will be there along side a nice young pitching staff consisting of Jeff Stevens, Justin Berg, Blake Parker, David Patton, Andrew Cashner, Thomas Diamond, etc.
Kevin Millar, I would love to make the team but he just does not make sense unless there is an injury to Tracy or Hoffpauir. Sam Fuld will also start the season in AAA because Snyder gives good defense at all three outfield positions, decent speed, but better power bat than that of Fuld. I am sure you will see that in ST from Brad.
The pen is very young but they are what the Cubs need. Caridad, Guzman, Gray, and Grabow all will provide good setup options for Lou and Marshall and Gaub provide nice support as well.
After laying out the Opening Day Roster it does not look that bad on paper. I think if the Cubs hang near the top of the division they are setup up well to add a player or two at the deadline.
Should be fun! Here is the lineup, rotation, pen, and bench laid out by positions.
Opening Day Lineup-
1. Fukudome RF
2. Theriot SS
3. Lee 1st
4. Ramirez 3b
5. Byrd CF
6. Soriano LF
7. Fontenot 2b
8. Soto C
Do not 5th starter until April 12th
Marshall LR/Spot Starter