Eh Hem, Doesn’t Sound Like David Ross Would Hate the Cubs Signing a Top Free Agent Shortstop

We have mentioned the high free agent shortstops on this 12 months’s class for a very long time, and the chance that the Chicago Cubs will probably be in pursuit. Part and parcel of that dialog is the existence of Nico Hoerner, and his breakout at shortstop this 12 months.

From the place I sit, Hoerner being nearly as good as he is been is all the MORE cause to need to usher in one other top-tier bat/glove for the infield. Hoerner’s versatility will enable for a pairing, and his steps ahead assist put the Cubs in a higher place to compete in 2023 (and thus be justified in pursuing a high bat in the first place). In different phrases, simply because Hoerner is breaking out at “shortstop,” that is not a cause to take a seat out the “shortstop” market in free company, if that is the place a few of the finest bats and gloves occur to be this 12 months.

You need not hear all that from me once more, although. You’ve heard it earlier than.

Much higher to listen to it from Cubs supervisor David Ross.

From The Athletic, referencing a hypothetical plan to signal certainly one of the high shortstops this offseason:

Cubs supervisor David Ross gave the strongest public endorsement of that plan so far forward of ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball,” a rain-soaked TV manufacturing overshadowed regionally by the Bears and a nationwide afterthought on the first NFL Sunday of the new season. It’s primary provide and demand with Carlos Correa, Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson all positioned to turn out to be free brokers after this season and the Cubs attempting to construct round extra gamers like Nico Hoerner.

“It’s like once you need to purchase a new automobile however you do not have to, you may be choosy, proper?” Ross mentioned. “We’ve received a actually good shortstop right here. If one thing works out the place they establish a center infielder that’s of worth that they really feel like suits very well, I believe all people’s on board with that, together with myself and Nico. Those are good issues to have. We’ll let the entrance workplace sort of decide and select on that.”

That positive sounds to me like a supervisor who actually desires a shiny new sports activities automobile for his storage, which he can fairly simply park subsequent to the one he already has. Nudge nudge nudge Jed nudge nudge.

Ross desires as many good gamers as he can get. Hoerner desires to win. There isn’t any cause that Hoerner’s presence, then, ought to preclude the Cubs from including a man like Carlos Correa at shortstop. Not solely can Hoerner slide over to second base (which is much from settled at the second), however it’s important to do not forget that assuming full well being is a harmful recreation. We have been reminded of that simply this weekend, with each Hoerner (triceps tightness) and Nick Madrigal (groin pressure) coping with damage points.

Ross went on to underscore how Hoerner’s flexibility is so helpful, noting in the course of how good Hoerner has been at second base (NBC):

“The advantage of Nico is he is prepared to do no matter we have requested. What I learn about him is that he desires to win. The willingness to maneuver round for him is actual… Nico’s already confirmed he is a Gold Glove second baseman on high of let’s examine what sort of awards he may get this 12 months. There’s a ton of worth in that. It’s like having an elite heart fielder and with the ability to get one other outfielder and transferring him to a nook. You’re higher defensively all the means round.”

Ross is not the one who’ll be on the market this winter establishing the roster, however he’s a voice in the room. He’s mentioned lately that he would not assume the Cubs are that far off from being aggressive, and that is all the extra cause to be aggressive in free company:

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