2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa. Opened: 2014. Capacity: 14,156. Tickets: $9-$40 Schedule
2014 record: 73-89
Manager: Joe Maddon (first year). Key newcomers: SP Jon Lester (free agent, A's), C Miguel Montero (trade, D-backs), OF Dexter Fowler (trade, Astros). Key loss: 3B Luis Valbuena (trade, Astros). Roster
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Three things to watch: Joe Maddon's influence
Regarded as one of the best -- if not the best -- managers in the game, the former Tampa Bay Rays manager took the opportunity to become a free agent and cashed in with the Cubs. The fun-loving, player-friendly Maddon will begin to put his imprint of the franchise during spring training.
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Three things to watch: Youth infusion
While the losses piled up the last few seasons the Cubs were busy building their farm system to one regarded as the best in baseball. Now it's time to turn those minor leaguers into major leaguers. Rookie outfielder Jorge Soler and infielder Javier Baez will be in the opening day lineup, and top prospect Kris Bryant is expected to get the call in May. How will they prepare themselves this spring?
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Three things to watch: Continued improvement
Somewhat lost in the flashy offseason acquisitions and prospect pipeline are first baseman Anthony Rizzo and shortstop Starlin Castro. Both were NL All-Stars last season. Will they continue to improve and provide the everyday lineup stability and the youngsters a benchmark?