Dansby Swanson (28), with a career batting average of only 0.255, won a large free agent contract worth over 230 billion won.
American media ESPN’s Keeley McDaniel posted on his SNS on the 18th (Korean time), “Swanson signed a contract with the Chicago Cubs for 7 years and 177 million dollars (approximately 231.9 billion won). A contract with the right to refuse to trade with the former club.” said.
Swanson joined Arizona with the 1st pick in the 1st round of the 2015 rookie draft and debuted in 2016 with Atlanta. Although he stood out by hitting double-digit home runs for five consecutive years from 2018, he was not an outstanding offensive player with a career batting average of 0.255, 102 home runs, 411 RBIs, 58 stolen bases, and an OPS of 0.738 in 827 games. 메이저놀이터
However, he played in all 162 games this year ahead of free agency and won the first shortstop Gold Glove in his life with an overwhelming defense, raising his stock price. He scored a whopping 21 in the latest defensive indicator OAA (Outs Above Average), showing a marked difference from 8 of Kim Ha-seong (San Diego) and 10 of Miguel Rojas (Miami), who were also finalists.
As the main shortstop, he also has the experience of leading Atlanta to win the World Series in 2021, making him a target for major big market teams that need a shortstop, such as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston.
ESPN predicted that the Cubs would create a new keystone combination by moving former shortstop Nico Horner to second base as they acquired Swanson.