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The Cubs are “very close” to a deal for the shortstop Dansby Swansonand the deal is expected to close soon, NBC Sports Chicago’s David Kaplan reports (via Twitter) According to Russell Dorsey of Bally Sports, the contract is a seven-year, $177 million deal that includes a full no-trade clause.Twitter link) Swanson is represented by Excel Sports Management.

Rumors swirled since the summer that the Cubs were going to sign one of the Big Four for the 2022-23 season: Swanson, Carlos Correa, Tria Turner or Xander Bogaerts. Some reports have even suggested that Chicago could sign two prospects with the goal of moving one player to another position (the Rangers inked both Corey Seager and Marcus Semien last winter). Early reports indicated that Correa and Bogaerts were the top options for the Cubs, but during the Winter Meetings, Swanson began to emerge as “perhaps their most realistic short-term target,” according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

As it turned out, all of the big four shortstops eventually changed teams, and Swanson was the last to sign his next contract. Turner signed with the Phillies, Bogaerts with the Padres, Correa with the Giants, and now Swanson will head to Wrigleyville to join the third different organization of his professional career. First drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2015, Swanson’s Arizona was limited to 22 games in A-ball since he was dealt to the Braves in a blockbuster five-player trade that season.

The trade became infamous for Arizona fans, as Shelby Miller (the D’Backs’ first job) struggled immediately with his new team, while Swanson, a Georgia native, thrived with his hometown Braves. Success did not come immediately for Swanson, who in 2016-18. However, he gradually became more effective at the plate, culminating in a 2022 season that saw him hit .277/.329/.447 with 25 homers over 696 PA, which translates to a 116 wRC+.

Swanson also hit 27 homers in 2021, bringing some power from the shortstop position. Swanson may still be entering his prime years as a forward as he enters his age-29 season, making him an even more intriguing addition as an all-around player. Swanson is also a great shortstop and has a very strong defensive resume that includes a Gold Glove last season. Outs Average averages Swanson at a +38 total over the past five seasons, and while his defensive runs saved (+18) and UZR/150 (+0.4) numbers are a bit more inconsistent, Swanson is certainly above average. a fielder in a key defensive position.

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