Report: Cubs among teams showing interest in Xander Bogaerts early in free agency


(Audacy) While Carlos Correa and Trea Turner have been the most discussed shortstops early on in free agemcy, Xander Bogaerts appears to have quite the market himself.

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The Cubs, Dodgers and Twins are among the teams showing interest in Bogaerts, according to Spanish analyst Marino Pepén. Additionally, the Phillies, Padres and the incumbent Red Sox are also courting Bogaerts, which others have previously reported.

The Dodgers could use Gavin Lux as their starting shortstop in 2023, but they may view Bogaerts as a cheaper alternative to their own free-agent shortstop, the aforementioned Turner.

The Twins could be in a similar situation, though they do appear to be mounting a serious effort to retain Correa. The Cubs are also expected to pursue Correa.

It won't be cheap to sign Bogaerts, as MLB Trade Rumors projected him to receive a seven-year, $189-million deal. But in comparison to Turner and Correa, some teams may see Bogaerts as a better investment.

Bogaerts is coming off of a 2022 season in which he slashed .307/.377/.456 with 15 home runs, 73 RBIs and an .833 OPS. Bogaerts' defensive prowess has often been questioned in his career, but he was a Gold Glove finalist in 2022, posting career-highs in defensive runs saved (four) and outs above average (five).

Given that there seems to be more buzz about Bogaerts' market than the three other star shortstops currently available -- Correa, Turner and Dansby Swanson -- it's fair to wonder if he could sign during the MLB Winter Meetings, which begin Dec. 5.

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