Report: Cubs targeting Dansby Swanson and Xander Bogaerts

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Of all the teams in the market for one of the premier shortstops this offseason, the Cubs are the biggest Wild Card. They are in the middle of a rebuild, but in a weak division, they seem to feel they could speed things up by spending big this winter. And apparently, not one but two shortstop free agents have their attention — Dansby Swanson and Xander Bogaerts.

In a top-tier market like Chicago, the Cubs have the payroll flexibility to make two splash signings like Swanson and Bogaerts, which is a nightmare situation for the Braves. That would leave just Carlos Correa on the market, with teams like the Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox, and others all needing to fill in a hole at shortstop. If the Cubs were to land both Swanson and Bogaerts, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that the Braves would have to pivot to the trade market or turn to internal solutions.

We’ll see what happens, but it appears Swanson is a top target for the Cubs, who have the potential to play a major spoiler this offseason. Swanson’s fiancĂ©, Mallory Pugh, is also a professional soccer player for the Chicago Red Stars, so playing in the same city could appeal to the couple. I’m still holding out hope the Braves work out a deal, but I think we are past the point of hoping for Swanson to take a hometown discount. If that were going to happen, it would have already. If the Braves want to keep their All-Star shortstop, they are going to have to open up their wallets.

Photo: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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