The Chicago Cubs have been bad for a couple of years now. They plan on turning things around a bit in 2023 which is possible if they stay healthy and everyone does their job. So far, they have had a solid off-season as there are some impactful players coming to the north side.
The most impactful of them all is Dansby Swanson who the Cubs signed about a week ago. He had a great contract year with the Atlanta Braves in 2022 and now he is being rewarded for it with this very lucrative contract. He will be the new starting shortstop for the Cubs.
Dansby Swanson is a great hitter but he is also going to make a great defensive duo with Nico Hoerner. Hoerner, of course, as a result of the Swanson signing will permanently move from shortstop to second base.
He was a great shortstop for the Cubs in 2021 in his own right but moving him to second is a great move for everyone involved. He is very solid defensively which will be perfect for Swanson as he will be able to do his great work at shortstop.
The Chicago Cubs are in a good spot with the middle of the infield going forward.
Both of these guys have nice bats but their production on defense will be awesome to watch. There are going to be some very interesting double plays turned between these two as not much will get through the two.
Nico Hoerner’s recent reaction to this signing speaks volumes about his maturity. Instead of saying anything against the fact that he has to move to second (a much less popular position than shortstop), he has taken it in stride and even said some very positive things about the situation.
Hoerner clearly understands that baseball is a business of winning and adding Swanson with him moving to second will help them start winning again. After all of the losing that Hoerner has been a part of, 2023 might be refreshing for him if they are actually an improved ball club.
The Cubs have a long way to go still. They could use some upgrades to the corners of their infield but once that happens, the Cubs will be set in this part of their game because this duo is so good.