The Chicago Cubs have been quite busy during the opening days of free agency. After inking deals with pitcher Jameson Taillon and outfielder Cody Bellinger, it was reported they were also in on former Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Jed Hoyer and Carter Hawkins don’t look shy this off-season, as they seem to be ready to write some big checks.
However last night, it was reported that Xander Bogaerts signed a lucrative, 11 years, 280-million-dollar deal with the San Diego Padres. Yes, you read that correctly. It was expected that the Cubs were going to make a push towards the former All-Star, but it seems they’ve shifted focus to a different shortstop. 2022 All-Star and Gold Glover, Dansby Swanson.
Swanson would be a huge addition to this Chicago Cubs roster, and if signed it would likely be forcing Nico Hoerner to move to second base. He batted a career high .277 last year, to go along with 25 homeruns and 96 runs batted in. Swanson’s bat has improved mightily over the past few years, and it’s helped the Atlanta Braves have some great seasons as of late. Swanson was a member of the 2021 World Series winning team and a key contributor.
After seeing the money that these shortstops have been getting, it’s very intriguing to see what Swanson will eventually end up receiving. Some Chicago Cubs fans don’t want upper management to overpay for him, as he’s soon to turn 29 years old in February of 2023. The Atlanta Braves haven’t been shy themselves in keeping all of the talent they have, re-signing nearly every key member of the championship team. I wouldn’t be surprised if they somehow retained him, but it’s unlikely at this point.
Another interesting note was reported by Jon Heyman a few days ago. Swanson’s fiancée is Mallory Pugh, a member of the Chicago Red Stars. That may or may not play a factor in Swansons decision, but who knows? It’s worth mentioning that’s for sure. We should know where he is headed in the coming days, as the MLB hot stove seems to be ramping up with all of the big names flying off the board. Credit the Chicago Cubs for making a strong push.
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