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Dodgers Among Handful of Teams in on Dansby Swanson Sweepstakes

With Carlos Correa off the board, Dansby Swanson is the last of the big-name free-agent shortstops still available, with several teams still looking for their next shortstop. This puts Swanson in the enviable position of being able to command the best offer possible.

Even before Correa signed, Swanson’s market was starting to develop and heat up.



The Giants are presumably out on Swanson now that they have Correa — they’re not the Padres, after all, so they don’t need a thousand shortstops — but that still leaves the Dodgers, Twins, Cubs, Red Sox, and Braves among his suitors. The Twins and Cubs had been in on Correa, and the Red Sox and Braves both had their big-name shortstops hit free agency this offseason (Atlanta with Swanson, and Boston with Xander Bogaerts, who signed with San Diego last week). The Dodgers, of course, also lost their shortstop in free agency for the second straight offseason, losing Trea Turner to the Phillies a year after losing Corey Seager to the Rangers.

Swanson’s market will be interesting. As the last shortstop standing, he will hope to drive a bidding war for his services, which could drive up his price. On the other hand, he’s clearly the fourth-best of the big four, and while the other three all got extremely long contracts, the average annual value for all three was relatively light, with none even reaching $28 million per year.

Will Swanson end up with a shorter contract with a higher AAV? Or will he be able to leverage the other three deals into a long, lucrative contract for himself? If it’s the former, Los Angeles could be a real player for him.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. He's been blogging about baseball and the Dodgers 2004 and doing it professionally since 2015. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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9 Comments

  1. Some team will over pay for Swanson. And I don’t think it will be the Dodgers. Jose Iglesias might be a good fit.

  2. Bogaerts was the play but Fraudman sat on his hands and has allowed the Giants and Padres to get much better while we get worse!! How is this acceptable?!?! Makes it hard to be a fan!!

    1. I see Swanson back in Atlanta because we have our SS in Gibbon Looks. If not Atlanta, I think he’ll want to come out and play with Freddy again. But then, what will we do with Gibbon Looks?

      1. Stop it, why do writers continue with this fascination about dodgers being in on all the top free agents. At least not this year. The front office is adamant about resetting the luxury tax for next year. So stop using the dodgers like all the other player agents to drive there value higher by saying that the dodgers are interested. Let the kids play this year and let’s see what happens next year. If fraudman doesn’t come threw next year them let’s start a fire Friedman campaign.

  3. First, some of you guys need to check your spelling before hitting the submit botton. It doesn’t help your argument. We have no idea what Friedman is up against. He could have his hands tied somewhat by ownership. The Bauer ruling I think could be a real thing. If his appeal gets overturned, the Dodgers have to cough up about $60 million. If that’s not it, then maybe they are making room to make a run at Ohtani next year. He would be great in LA. They do have a good amount of prospects that are ready to make the jump. Their history is to not bring them up too quick and how has that worked? One World Series. Maybe it’s time to try a new strategy. Looking at their lineup recently, it still looks pretty damn good. The big concern is Gonsolin and May staying healthy. We all know that Kershaw will probably get hurt sometime during the year. Friedman has a history of coming through time and again. Patience!

  4. With potential Free Ageants Julio and Otani coming available in 2023 and with the Dodgers farm system talent I feel it is time to be conservative on Free Ageants, evaluate the farm system to gain cap space and determine the needs for 2023

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