2024 Chicago Cubs projected lineup after Cody Bellinger contract

The new Cubs lineup packs a punch that will put the league on notice.

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After the Chicago Cubs signed Cody Bellinger to a new three-year deal, the offense will likely be a key strength for the team in 2024. With multiple prospects that possess high upside, including a solid five-player core, at the very worst, this team should be as good as last season from an offensive standpoint. Projecting the lineup shows how much depth this team has moving forward. Let's take a look at the squad that Cubs manager Craig Counsell likely rolls with as an everyday lineup this season:

1. Nico Hoerner, 2B

Hoerner is an excellent lead-off man with his elite contact skills and speed on the base paths. Last year, he swiped a career-high 43 bags and stayed consistently on base with a slash line of .283/.346/.383. The most important part was that he stayed healthy, as his 619 at-bats were also a career-high. He is the engine that can drive this lineup, and he is only followed by guys that can drive him in.

2. Ian Happ, LF

Followed by Hoerner is Ian Happ, who does an even better job getting on base. Happ found himself with an OBP of .360 last season, and with these two and your 1-2 punch at the top, the Cubs likely find themselves with a lot of traffic on base in 2024. Hitting with runners in scoring position will be critical for this team since nobody is projected to hit over 30 HRs this year. Having Happ get on base at a high clip will set the table for the rest of this lineup.

3. Seiya Suzuki, RF

The lineup only gets more potent from here, as Seiya Suzuki proved he can both hit for average and get on base often with a slash of .285/.357/.485 in 515 ABs last season. I'm looking forward to seeing if Suzuki can hit for a little more power, given that the Cubs ideally want more than 20 home runs out of the 3-spot in the lineup. Still, he is poised to keep improving, as he did from year one to year two.