The prime finish of the shortstop market appears to be increasing now with the Yankees and Padres exhibiting curiosity, bringing to 11 the variety of teams presumably available in the market for one in all 4 marquee free-agent shortstops.
It is not identified how critical the Yankees are, and particularly whether or not they have the funds so as to add each celebrity Aaron Judge and a big-time shortstop (they undoubtedly have the income) or whether or not the conversations are merely a hedge in case the insufferable occurs and Judge leaves (to that finish, the Yankees appear considerably extra assured these days).
In any case, the increasing curiosity means nearly all of teams can be unnoticed. The most fascinating positional market this winter comprises 4 nice gamers of their prime — Carlos Correa, Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson — however the demand simply outweighs the provision.
Turner is beloved for his speed-power combo, however some insiders imagine Correa, who’s higher defensively, has a much bigger postseason observe report, is youthful and has no draft-choice compensation hooked up, will truly get the larger deal. Word is, he’s capturing at the least early for a report whole contract — though final 12 months, off a fair higher season, his highest provide is believed to have been a $275M, 10-year Tigers bid.
Here’s a full rundown of the 11 interested teams…
1. Dodgers. They imagine Turner prefers to go east (he is from Florida) and whereas they love Correa they appear considerably reluctant since he starred on the contaminated 2017 Astros staff that beat LA. Bogaerts and Swanson are additionally attainable for a prime MLB spender, with the in-house Gavin Lux wanting like the ultimate possibility.
2. Braves. They supplied about $100M to Swanson, and whereas he countered, one Braves individual expressed pessimism, maybe recalling how they misplaced Freddie Freeman. They like Correa however have not been large payers prior to now. The homegrown Vaughn Grissom is beloved, and whereas one scout says “he isn’t gonna be Dansby Swanson anytime quickly,” infield guru Ron Washington’s advice that he can do it carries weight. Should Georgia product Swanson go away and so they keep in-house, Grissom would compete with stable vet Orlando Arcia.
3. Red Sox. Their personal Bogaerts is clearly essentially the most logical possibility. But will they lastly step up and spend? They might even afford Correa or Turner and have to do one thing to erase the 2022 stain.
4. Twins. They will attempt to lengthen their one-year Correa miracle and appear motivated. But if they cannot, they’d be extra more likely to transfer onto the subsequent tier, that means an Elvis Andrus kind.
5. Phillies. Baseball president Dave Dombrowski has robust ties to Bogaerts, and he seems to be just like the more than likely. The fan base likes Turner for his leadoff skills, and Philly suits his alleged geographic choice (his spouse is from New Jersey).
6. Cubs. They are performing like they’ll spend after sitting a few winters out. Nico Hoerner might slide to second.
7. Cardinals. Their priorities appear to be catching and pitching, however they may transfer Tommy Edman to second base.
8. Giants. Brandon Crawford has one other 12 months on his contract, so they could should persuade any shortstop to play second for a season. They have the loot.
9. Yankees. They’ve been saying they’re more likely to go with one in all two rookies — Oswald Peraza or Anthony Volpe. But they’ve been in talks with the highest shortstops, and will additionally play one of many youngsters at second. They actually can afford to do each Judge and the shortstop.
10. Padres. No one believed they’d signal Eric Hosmer, a lot much less Manny Machado. But right here we’re. The Padres put successful first, and good for them. Fernando Tatis Jr. appears ticketed for the outfield. Ha-Seong Kim did a pleasant job filling in, however we have realized by no means to rely out the Padres.
11. Mariners. They’d have to slip JP Crawford to second, one thing they had been reluctant to do final season.