All the top four free-agent shortstops have found new homes. ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan announces Dansby Swanson will be heading to the Chicago Cubs.
BREAKING: Shortstop Dansby Swanson and the Chicago Cubs are finalizing an agreement on a contract, sources tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 17, 2022
According to Russell Dorsey of Bally Sports, Swanson’s deal is a seven-year contract worth $177 million.
— Russell Dorsey (@Russ_Dorsey1) December 17, 2022
More importantly, our very own Doug McKain hit the nail on the coffin as he predicted Dansby would sign with the Cubbies.
UPDATED MLB Free Agent Predictions so far:
Jacob deGrom: Rangers ?
Trea Turner: Phillies ?
Justin Verlander: Mets ?
Aaron Judge: Yankees ?
Carlos Rodon: Yankees ?
Carlos Correa: Giants ?
Dansby Swanson: Cubs ?
Xander Boagaerts: Red Sox ?
So close! Thx cheap Red Sox. https://t.co/JsP9sSGyVK
— Doug McKain (@DMAC_LA) December 17, 2022
Swanson was the last remaining from the big four to sign with a team. He will join former Dodger Cody Bellinger and don the red pinstripes in the Windy City.
Dansby is coming off a 2022 season in which he played all 162 games for the Atlanta Braves and had a career-high 177 hits.
The Cubbies get their man and will look to return to the postseason with Swanson on deck.
The Dodgers now have the option of sticking with Gavin Lux or Chris Taylor at the shortstop position or make a trade for one.
We know Freidman is never shy to shake things up, and now that may be the case if he deems it necessary.
L.A. was in on Dansby but could not secure him as they failed to secure the other shortstop free agents they were in the mix for.
It has not been a fun offseason for Dodger fans as we’ve lost more than we’ve gained. This shows that the Dodgers are heading in a new direction, and the youth movement could be upon us.
Let us know what you think of the deal, Dodger fans. Should the Dodgers have offered Swanson that type of deal?
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