Nico Hoerner Mar 26, 2023; Mesa, Arizona, USA; Chicago Cubs infielder Nico Hoerner (2) watches on from the dugout during the seventh inning of a spring training game against the Kansas City Royals at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs have watched Nico Hoerner develop into a quality major league player. Now they want to keep him on board.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Monday the Cubs have reached agreement with Hoerner on a three-year, $35 million extension.

The 25-year-old second baseman would have been eligible for free agency in 2026, but this deal pushes that back a year. It’s a hefty raise from the $2.53 million he will earn this season.

Hoerner, the Cubs No. 1 pick (No 24 overall) in 2018, has developed into a solid contributor for Chicago. He started 133 games at shortstop last season, but is moving over to second following the arrival of Dansby Swanson. He slashed .281/.327/.410 in 2022 with 10 home runs and 20 stolen bases, posting a WAR of 4.4, according to Baseball Reference.

Most baseball fans — and especially Cubs fans — approved of the move.

[Jeff Passan, ESPN]

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