Twins Among Frontrunners to Sign Top Remaining Free Agent

Tyler Maher
The Minnesota Twins are now a frontrunner to sign a top free agent.
The Minnesota Twins are now a frontrunner to sign a top free agent. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The bad news for the Minnesota Twins is that they missed out on Carlos Correa. The good news is that there's still another elite free-agent shortstop for them to pursue.

That player is Dansby Swanson, and the Twins are considered one of the frontrunners to get him.

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It's not surprising to see Minnesota target Swanson after missing out on Correa, who rejected their 10-year, $285 million offer in favor of a 13-year, $350 million deal from the San Francisco Giants.

While Swanson is not the player that Correa is (especially on offense), he'd be a pretty good consolation prize. Swanson is less than a year older, plays terrific defense and is a good hitter. He's more durable than Correa, too, potentially making him a better long-term investment.

The problem for the Twins is that they're going to have plenty of competition for Swanson, who's clearly the best remaining position player on the market now that Correa, Aaron Judge, Trea Turner and Xander Bogaerts have signed. Four other clubs are believed to be in on Swanson, including three big-market teams (Boston, Chicago, LA) as well as Swanson's old team (Atlanta).

Swanson was initially expected to cost considerably less than his shortstop counterparts, but that may not be the case if a bidding war develops. Minnesota will have a good chance if it makes Swanson a similar offer to the one it just made Correa, but perhaps the team would prefer to spend that money elsewhere after finishing six games below .500 in 2022.

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