The 2018 MLB season should be seeing a leaner and meaner Kyle Schwarber. The Chicago Cubs slugger recently told Jesse Rogers of ESPN that he has lost 17 to 20 pounds this offseason. Moreover, he doesn’t think he’s sacrificed any strength in order to drop the weight. “It’s a lifestyle choice, and it’s a professional choice too,” said Schwarber, via Rogers’ video. “You’re only doing this to benefit yourself, your team, and your profession, so I’m happy with the progress and looking to keep going. “This is all about putting yourself into a better baseball function,” he went on. “I’m already big and strong. Might as well try to get more explosive, faster, build up a stronger core, things like that just to benefit yourself out in the outfield, on the bases, and at the plate.”