Trying to catch up. Don't have one clue why Loria and Co. think that zero facial hair equates more wins. Love the pictures of the boys and Ryu looks freakin' skinny. Don't know what to think on that, I liked the rounder Ryu but if he can give us 150 - 170 innings, I am good. Looks like Panda had the "Seeing my Feet is not Important" Diet. Geez, money poorly spent John Henry? I read that it looked like Puig lost more than the reported fifteen to twenty pounds, so this is good. I find it shocking that the media portrays the Dodgers as undisciplined and full of hate for each other when it seems that every player comes in to camp in great shape and there seems to be an air of fun with this team. Can't say that about the Red Sox or Cubs. I like Joe Maddon, but this annointing the Cubs as great seems to overlook that a lot of these players were first or second year guys and the pitching is still questionable. Sure, Lackey, Lester and Arrieta could be great, but age is a factor and I just think that Arrieta will never come even close to 2015.
The Cubs do seem like one of the top teams in MLB, but I wouldn't anoint them as champs yet, either. Lackey was good last year, but he's getting up there and Heyward is a great RF, but it remains to be seen how he handles CF for an extended period of time. On top of that, he's a solid player, but I don't see a huge upgrade over Fowler, who hit 17 HRs and stole 20 bases for the Cubs last year and is a true defensive CF.
I also thought Starlin Castro played really well for the Cubs at 2B once he got acclimated and not sure how big (if any) of an upgrade Zobrist is over him at 2B.
That said, on paper, their lineup looks really deep and their rotation improved.
As with anything, health and development of the younger players will determine a lot.