Friday, January 27, 2023

Cubs and Swanson sign $177 million deal

CHICAGO ( Associated Press) – Growing up in Georgia, Dansby Swanson used to go to his grandfather’s house after school. He liked to barge in and ask Herb Swanson to hit some ground balls for him.

Any day Dansby came, Herb would be watching a Chicago Cubs game on WGN. Then Dansby would make fun of him and his parents for being fans of the Atlanta Braves.

“He loved baseball so much and he always wanted me to do what I’m doing now,” Dansby Swanson said.

What Swanson is doing now is playing shortstop for the Cubs after signing a $177 million, seven-year deal on Wednesday. He started his career with his hometown team, the Braves, helping his grandfather’s favorite team win the World Series in 2021.

On December 10, Swanson married Chicago Red Stars forward Mallory Pugh. Herb, who was 88, died the next day.

Ten days later, Swanson had his grandfather on his mind as he donned the No. 7 Cubs jersey over his shoulders, ready for the next step in his Major League Baseball career.

Swanson said, “To be able to play for two of my grandfather’s favorite teams literally meant the world to me.”

This is also a very important time for the cubs. Swanson’s arrival is the biggest of three big moves the team made after the end of a second consecutive losing season.

Right-hander Jameson Tallon signed a four-year, $68 million contract, and 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger received a one-year, $17.5 million deal.

With Swanson tied, Nico Hoerner would convert from shortstop to second base. With Bellinger in center field, the Cubs should be one of the best teams in the majors when it comes to defending the middle of the diamond.

The 28-year-old is coming off perhaps his best season yet, hitting . 277 home runs and a career-high 96 RBI in 162 games with Atlanta. He was selected to the National League All-Star Game for the first time and won his first Gold Glove.

Swanson’s contract included a $7 million signing bonus, a no-trade clause, and a hotel suite for road duels. He will earn $13 million next year and $25 million in 2024. After earning $27 million in three straight seasons, he will make $26 million in 2028 and $25 million in 2029.

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