Cubs finalizing deal with Swanson (source)
Dansby Swanson is a free agent for the first time in his career, and MLB.com is tracking the latest rumors surrounding the shortstop.
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Dec. 17: Cubs finalizing deal with Swanson (source)
Swanson is finalizing a deal with the Cubs, a source told MLB.com's Mark Bowman on Saturday. More >
Dec. 16: Why the Dodgers might just swoop in and sign Swanson
The Dodgers lost star shortstop Trea Turner in free agency to the Phillies, which leaves Gavin Lux as the internal heir apparent at the position for Los Angeles. But might the Dodgers deem an upgrade from Lux necessary? According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal (subscription required), the thinking may be that Lux, a left-handed hitter who struggles against lefty pitching, could use a platoon partner at short, and the right-handed Swanson is obviously the best available external option.
The question is whether the club is willing to go over the luxury tax threshold to land Swanson after the other big shortstops on the market landed megadeals. Whatever the Dodgers decide regarding shortstop heading into 2023, Rosenthal notes that their offseason "will be quiet for only so long."
Dec. 15: Red Sox 'seriously considering' Swanson (report)
With three of the "big four" shortstops of this year's free agent class signed, Swanson appears to be in position to cash in, and a new club may be involved in the bidding. According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, the Red Sox "appear to be seriously considering" Swanson for Boston's shortstop vacancy after Xander Bogaerts inked an 11-year deal with the Padres.
While second baseman Trevor Story could slide over to short, a position he played full-time with the Rockies, there are questions as to whether Story still has an adequate arm for the position. Heyman adds that Swanson is "in very good shape" regarding his potential contract, with the Cubs, Dodgers and Braves among other clubs still interested in signing him.
Dec. 14: Swanson in position to 'cash in'
And then there was one.
With news that Carlos Correa has a reported agreement, per Mark Feinsand, with the Giants -- for $350 million over 13 years -- that leaves Dansby Swanson as the lone remaining star shortstop on the free-agent market. Considering that at least a half-dozen clubs still are seeking a solution at that spot, the 28-year-old is in an enviable position and could "cash in big-time," as Feinsand notes.
Among the clubs that could be looking to add or upgrade at short? The Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs, Twins, Cardinals and Braves, for whom Swanson played his first seven seasons.
Given the size of the deal handed out to Correa, as well as those for fellow shortstops Trea Turner (11 years, $300 million from the Phillies) and Xander Bogaerts (11 years, $280 million from the Padres) in recent days, Swanson could be looking at quite a haul himself. Aside from the precedents established by those contracts, Swanson now has extra leverage as the demand remains high and the supply is, well, just him.
Sources told Bally Sports' Russell Dorsey that Swanson's market "has begun to heat up" with at least six teams vying for him: the Dodgers, Giants, Twins, Cubs, Red Sox and Braves. While San Francisco now presumably is out of that mix after landing Correa, St. Louis has been considered a potential destination, as Feinsand pointed out.
MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported Sunday that the Dodgers are "a possibility" for Swanson as they look to replace Trea Turner. Such a move would reunite the longtime Brave with former teammate Freddie Freeman.
Swanson and the Braves have been in contact recently, but the team's top offer thus far is a six-year deal worth about $17 million per season, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman, who also included the Cardinals among the clubs most interested in Swanson. However, the Gold Glover is expected to receive a long-term offer worth at least $22 million annually.
"There's always been a belief that Swanson would have to leave some money on the table to stick with the Braves," Bowman said in his most recent Beat Report. "But at this point, it seems like there may be too much money on that table for him to pass up an opportunity elsewhere."
Dec. 11: Swanson 'a possibility' for Dodgers
While the Cubs and other clubs have been getting the bulk of the attention when it comes to a potential landing spot for Swanson, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reports that the star shortstop is "a possibility" for the Dodgers, for whom his former teammate, Freddie Freeman, plays first base.
The Dodgers can't be ruled out for virtually any free agent, but even with Trea Turner signing with the Phillies, there hasn't been much chatter regarding the possibility of Swanson signing with Los Angeles.
Swanson helped lead the Braves to a World Series championship in 2021, and then followed that up with the best all-around season of his career in '22. He then became one of the "big four" free agent shortstops on this offseason's market along with Turner, Xander Bogaerts (signed with the Padres) and Carlos Correa.
Dec. 8: Could these clubs join Cubs in Swanson pursuit?
The Cardinals found their replacement for longtime catcher Yadier Molina on Wednesday as they agreed to a five-year deal with former Cubs backstop Willson Contreras, a source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi. The contract is worth $87.5 million, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.
St. Louis emerged as a contender to sign one of the top free-agent shortstops at the start of the Winter Meetings in San Diego, but given their pact with Contreras, it was fair to wonder whether the Cards would bow out of that market.
However, MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi thinks St. Louis is still in the mix to sign a shortstop, with Swanson its likely target.
St. Louis historically hasn’t been a big player in free agency. Per Cot's Baseball Contracts, Contreras' annual average value ($17.5 million) would be the highest for any Cardinal signed as a free agent, surpassing Matt Holliday's $17.1 million. So it would be surprising to see the club add multiple elite players this offseason. Gold Glove second baseman Tommy Edman showed he could handle short in 2022, and the Cards still have Paul DeJong under contract as well.
St. Louis could have a strong competitor for Swanson in its own division, with the archrival Cubs said to be targeting the 28-year-old. According to The Athletic (subscription required), the Twins also met with Swanson via video during the Winter Meetings.