The Trib has a piece today that indicates the #3 starter will be Ryan Dempster, and the battle is down to Lieber and Marquis. I would've figured Lieber had the inside track on that job, based on the contract they gave the guy, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Marshall appears to be further on the outs than I had imagined, so he may be a candidate for the 2nd lefty out of the pen.
Converted closer Ryan Dempster is the early front-runner to grab the No. 3 spot behind Carlos Zambrano and Ted Lilly, while Rich Hill has already sealed the No. 4 spot. The main battle is expected to be between Jon Lieber and Jason Marquis for the fifth spot, with Sean Marshall as the dark-horse candidate.
I'm not overly comfortable with this situation. I have more faith in Marshall and Lieber than I do Dempster, but I'm not exactly aligned with the Cubs on this one. Oh well, hopefully we have enough depth that we can not worry too much about this, and things will morph and eventually settle during the season.