5 important things we learned about the Cubs in April
By Jake Misener
5 important things we learned about the Cubs: #1 - The Nico Hoerner extension could wind up being the steal of the offseason
It might not be the 10-year deal Cubs fans were dreaming of when rumors of an extension made their rounds this winter, but the three-year pact that delayed Nico Hoerner's future foray into free agency is looking better and better by the day.
Heading into May, Hoerner has arguably been the best second baseman in the league, leading the league with 39 hits, slashing .328/.367/.437 and swiping 10 bags. Keep in mind his career-high (set last season) is 20 stolen bases, so that mark will not only be toppled, but could be in the rearview mirror before the calendar turns to June.
Pairing Hoerner with Dansby Swanson gives the Cubs one of the best defensive double play tandems in all of baseball and has allowed the former to settle in at second base and in the leadoff spot, which has long been a thorn in the club's side. Here's to (at least) three more years of watching Hoerner set the table, turn two and ignite rallies on the North Side.