The Chicago Cubs entered the offseason with the goal of improving their offensive production and the team began to make inroads in their effort on Saturday when they agreed to terms on a seven-year deal with free-agent shortstop Dansby Swanson. Swanson, known primarily for his defensive abilities at shortstops, has seen a surge in his offensive production over the past two seasons as he has surpassed 25 home runs for two consecutive years in a row.
Swanson shouldn't and likely won't be the final addition that the Cubs make to their starting lineup before the start of the regular season. The Cubs still have a need at first base, designated hitter, and catcher. It would seem likely that the Cubs will address each of those areas of need but for now, we take a look at what could be the current starting lineup for the team.
1. 2B Nico Hoerner
With Swanson now in the fold, Nico Hoerner now shifts over to second base for the Cubs. The Cubs are without a true leadoff hitter as they head into the 2023 season and Hoerner will likely get the first crack at the opportunity.
2. SS Dansby Swanson
What hasn't been mentioned in regard to the Cubs' addition of Swanson is the improvement that he would bring to the Cubs' base running ability. Swanson is an above-average base runner and that combined with the improved power production likely places him in the second spot in the Cubs' lineup.
3. LF Ian Happ
Ian Happ had a breakout season for the Cubs in 2022 as he sacrificed power for his ability to put the ball in play more. Expect more of the same from the Cubs' All-Star left fielder in 2023 as he enters the final season of his contract with the Cubs.