The Chicago Cubs made some big moves this off-season. They have some big names joining the team at different points in their careers.
Guys like Cody Bellinger and Dansby Swanson are coming to the team as the new centerfielder and shortstop respectively.
Bellinger is a former MVP but has recently had some tough times with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now, he comes to the Cubs hoping to revive his career.
Swanson, on the other hand, just had a career year and benefitted because he was in a contract year. The Cubs are hoping that both of these former World Series champions (Bellinger in 2020, Swanson in 2021) can get it going again in a Cubs uniform.
Dansby Swanson is hoping to change everything about the Chicago Cubs’ future.
The starting lineup is an interesting topic of conversation right now amongst the fanbase. This is a great projection of what it should look like if all are healthy:
1. Nico Hoerner – 2B
Nico Hoerner is going to make that transition from shortstop to second base in light of the Swanson signing. That is not a bad thing as the Cubs now have a very good middle of the infield. If he plays like he did last year, he will be their perfect lead-off man.
2. Dansby Swanson – SS
Not only would Nico Hoerner and Dansby Swanson make a good middle-of-the-infield duo, but they would also make a great 1-2 punch in the batting order.
Swanson had a power surge in 2022 which led to him being an All-Star. He can hand things over to the middle of the order after doing some damage with Hoerner ahead of him.
3. Seiya Suzuki – RF
Seiya Suzuki is a very good power hitter as we learned in 2022. His game translated to Major League Baseball very nicely which is why he should be in the hole to start the year. If Swanson and Hoerner hit well ahead of him, he should be able to get plenty of chances to drive in runs.