Red Sox Among Frontrunners to Sign Top Remaining Free Agent

Tyler Maher
The Boston Red Sox are a frontrunner to land one of the top remaining free agents.
The Boston Red Sox are a frontrunner to land one of the top remaining free agents. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

After Carlos Correa signed with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night, three of the top four shortstops in this winter's free-agent class are now off the board. Dansby Swanson is the only one remaining, making him a hot commodity among teams still looking for help at shortstop.

One of those teams is the Boston Red Sox, who lost Xander Bogaerts to the San Diego Padres last week. Not surprisingly, the Red Sox are rumored to be one of the frontrunners for Swanson.

Red Sox Dansby Swanson Rumors

While Bogaerts is irreplaceable in terms of the leadership and his relationship with Boston's fan base off the field, Swanson could at least provide similar value on the field. Granted, he's not the hitter that Bogaerts -- a five-time Silver Slugger -- is, but he's a superior defender who's also more than a year younger.

Swanson, a Gold Glove winner, is more than capable of holding his own at the plate. Since the beginning of 2020, he's slashed .265/.324/.451 with more home runs, RBIs, runs and steals than Bogaerts.

The Red Sox are reportedly considering moving Trevor Story back to shortstop to hold down the fort until top prospect Marcelo Mayer is ready, and it's hard to envision them winning a bidding war for Swanson given how their offseason has played out. They've repeatedly fallen short on several of their free-agent targets, including Bogaerts, who was supposedly their No. 1 priority.

That said, Boston still has a good deal of money to spend this offseason and landing Swanson would help ease the pain of Bogaerts' departure, so don't count them out just yet.

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