MLB's Winter Meetings are scheduled to kick off on Sunday, and it's resulting in a flurry of new offseason rumors and speculation. One of the teams involved is the Chicago Cubs, who are reportedly in the market for a shortstop.
This year's crop of free-agent shortstops is (once again) the most valuable position on the market with the likes of Carlos Correa, Dansby Swanson and Trea Turner.
A report from MLB insider Jon Heyman recently indicated Chicago should be considered the "favorite" to land one of those names.
According to Heyman, the Cubs are considered frontrunners to sign Dansby Swanson away from the Atlanta Braves. Swanson spent seven years with the Braves organization before hitting unrestricted free agent this offseason.
The 28-year-old Georgia native would bring Gold Glove-caliber defense, one All-Star appearance, and one World Series win to whichever team he ends up signing with. He's also fresh off one of his best offensive seasons, slashing .277/.329/.447 with 25 home runs, 96 RBIs, and 18 stolen bases.
Heyman also added a contract figure to this potential deal, six years and $140 million for an average annual value of $23 million.
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