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The Chicago Cubs aren't a team that is exactly loaded with impact pieces. The pieces that remain from the major overhaul the last two years are the ones that the Cubs would like to keep on the roster into the future, while attempting to leave some room for the young kids coming up through the minor league ranks. While there isn't exactly a plethora of impact talent on this team to choose from, the most important players for the Cubs in the upcoming year aren't too difficult to discern. Jeff Samardzija Samardzija is perhaps the biggest piece for the Cubs in 2014. Either he solidifies himself as a pitcher at the top of this rotation that the Cubs want to keep around for the next several years, or he impresses teams enough to end up surrendering a large package of prospects for him at the trade deadline. Both sides have done plenty of talking to the media, but now it's time for Samardzija to put up or shut up. He slipped up a bit in 2013 after a brilliant 2012, ...
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