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Dodgers Rumors: Path to Signing Dansby Swanson ‘Not an Especially Likely’ One

The Dodgers’ 2023 shortstop situation is in question, with Trea Turner departing for Philadelphia and no one yet acquired to replace him. Gavin Lux and Chris Taylor can play shortstop, so they have options internally, but they’re still in the market for a Trea replacement either via free agency or trade.

The only top-level shortstop left on the free-agent market is Dansby Swanson, after Turner, Xander Bogaerts, and Carlos Correa all found new homes. But the path to Los Angeles signing Swanson isn’t exactly clear, as Ken Rosenthal writes for The Athletic.



A path exists for the Dodgers to sign free-agent shortstop Dansby Swanson. Not an obvious path. Not an especially likely path. …

Perhaps the Dodgers will become a serious suitor for Swanson if the Cubs, Red Sox and Twins won’t pay him what he wants, and if he prefers to join a team more likely to be competitive. But in that scenario, Swanson might prefer to return to his previous club, the Braves.

The question, then, is whether the Dodgers are willing to pay Swanson more than the Braves are. Considering that Atlanta’s current modus operandi is to pay their players peanuts, the Dodgers should be able to match and exceed those peanuts.

The more likely situation is that another team offers Swanson a contract that far exceeds his value, which the Dodgers definitely wouldn’t match. Which would leave them with either the internal options or the trade market.

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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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  1. If this was December of 2016 and the Dodgers had just acquired Noah Syndergaard, Jason Hayward and Shelby Miller, we’d all be crowing that they had won the offseason. Times change. Maybe they can go back a little in 2023.

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