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[Sports Center/Comprehensive Report] The major league season is about to start, and the Chicago Cubs earlier reached a consensus with second baseman Nico Hoerner for a three-year contract extension of US$35 million (approximately NT$1.07 billion).

The 25-year-old Horner was favored by the Cubs with the 24th overall pick in the first round of 2018. He entered the major leagues the following year. Last year, he mainly served as a shortstop. He posted a .281/.327/.410 strike measurement and hit a career-high 10 rounds. Home run, "Baseball Reference"'s overall contribution value (WAR) 4.4 is the highest among fielders in the team.

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After the Cubs signed shortstop Dansby Swanson (Dansby Swanson) to a seven-year, $177 million contract, Horner will also return to the second base position in the new season. 15 million U.S. dollars, which was supposed to be a free agent in 2026, with an annual salary of 20 million U.S. dollars. After this contract is over, he is 29 years old and at the end of the 2026 season, he still has the opportunity to enter the free market.

In total, Horner played in the major leagues for 4 seasons, with an average batting average of 0.277, accumulated 13 home runs, 101 RBIs, and an offensive index of 0.718.

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