With Carlos Correa agreeing to a deal with the San Francisco Giants earlier this week, all eyes are now on Dansby Swanson as the biggest remaining prize in free agency. Several teams are reportedly hot on his trail, including the Chicago Cubs.
With the Cubs looking to return to contention after back-to-back losing seasons, there's a sense that the All-Star shortstop could be the missing piece for them.
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Shortstop is one of the most important positions at baseball, so having a star there can be a real advantage. It's no coincidence that many recent World Series winners have featured elite shortstops, including the Los Angeles Dodgers (Corey Seager), Washington Nationals (Trea Turner), Boston Red Sox (Xander Bogaerts) and Houston Astros (Jeremy Pena / Carlos Correa).
Swanson certainly qualifies as one of the best at his position now after making the All-Star team, winning a Gold Glove and socking 25 home runs in 2022. He also helped the Atlanta Braves win it all in 2021, proving he's a championship-caliber player.
Adding Swanson would help replace the lost offensive production of catcher Willson Contreras, who signed with the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this offseason. It would also give Chicago elite defense up the middle, which will be especially important in 2023 with the new bans on defensive shifts going into effect.
The Cubs have already missed out on most of the top free agents this winter, but inking Swanson would give the team a major boost for 2023 and beyond.