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Several veterans will compete for jobs as the Cubs gather in Arizona

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    Chicago Cubs Announce Spring Training Invitees
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    MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 1: Junichi Tazawa #25 of the Miami Marlins walks to the dugout after being taken out during play against the Atlanta Braves in the seventh inning at Marlins Park on October 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images)

    The Chicago Cubs have invited a total of 27 non-roster players to spring training this year as they begin their preparations for the 2019 season.

    The Cubs, who lost in the National League Wild Card Game to the Colorado Rockies last season, invited a total of 14 pitchers and 13 position players to their camp in Mesa, Arizona, which is set to begin next week.

    Several veterans will be heading to camp with hopes of making the team, including pitchers George Kontos and Junichi Tazawa. Infielder Cristhian Adames and catcher Francisco Arcia were also among those to receive an invitation.

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    Here is the full list of players:

    Pitchers: Alberto Baldonado, Christian Bergman, Craig Brooks, Matt Carasiti, Ian Clarkin, George Kontos, Dakota Mekkes, Carlos Ramirez, Colin Rea, Duncan Robinson, Rob Scahill, Junichi Tazawa, Allen Webster, Mike Zagurski

    Infielders: Cristhian Adames, Ryan Court, Phillip Evans, Trent Giambrone, Zack Short

    Outfielders: Jim Adduci, Charcer Burks, Johnny Field, Jacob Hannemann, Evan Marzilli

    Catchers: Francisco Arcia, P.J. Higgins, Ian Rice

    The Cubs’ pitchers and catchers will report to Arizona on Wednesday, Feb. 13, with the full squad set to arrive by Feb. 18.

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