Will a restocked pitching staff and a few minor additions to the non-pitching roster be enough this spring to prevent the annual bunting tournament from becoming the most relevant competition in camp for the second year in a row? They had better be if the Cubs are going to look any better in 2013 than they did in Theo Epstein’s first year running the operation.

Key arrivals

Right-handers Edwin Jackson and Kuyuji Fujikawa. Jackson was the surprise big free agent of the winter (four years, $52 million), the first long-term free agent signing for the Cubs in two offseasons under Epstein. He’s considered an important piece in the rebuilding process, both as an experienced, durable starter under contract through the projected turnaround/competitive years and as a shorter-term hedge for the rotation against a likely Matt Garza trade this year. Many expect former Japanese All-Star Fujikawa to be the Cubs’ rookie closer by the end of this season, though the Cubs insist that Carlos Marmol ($9.8 million in final year of contract) is their closer this year, suggesting Fujikawa takes over in 2014. Either way, the veteran (two years, $9.5 million) stabilizes what had been a late-inning weak link for the Cubs.