OK. OK. Now this is getting fun. Late night Winter Meetings rumors are the best …
It started out as something we kinda joked about over the weekend, and Jim Deshaies was mentioning it – seemingly unseriously – on Marquee earlier tonight. But apparently, it *IS* a possibility. The Cubs could get BOTH Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson:
Let me be very clear up front that this kind of move is almost impossible to pull off, and the recency of the Rangers doing it might make it seem more plausible than it really is.
… But, I mean, we started talking about it for a reason. The Cubs clearly like Xander Bogaerts a whole lot – they’ve been courting him for a while, apparently, with the help of old friends – and they have also been heavily attached to Dansby Swanson, who figures to remain a shortstop wherever he goes next. But the problem is that maybe you don’t see Bogaerts as a sure-fire shortstop for much longer, and/or maybe you don’t think Swanson’s bat brings enough to let you sit out the rest of the shortstop market. So, I mean, there’s logic here. Expensive, expensive logic. But logic!
As Feinsand notes, the potential hurdle is getting Bogaerts to agree to sign as a third baseman. But if he’s into it, it’s not like he or Swanson would be blocking emergent impact Cubs prospects any time soon. That’s the other thing on doing a double-dip like this – it’s rare that you can be honest with yourself about what is coming in the next few years and see a need for multiple infielders for a good long while. The Cubs do have a lot of great prospects, but the upper-level infield group is thin.
This is so exciting. I’m a little punch drunk at the moment. I’m not even going to go into all the ways that this rumor could just be about moving other teams’ or players’ markets. I will say that landing only one of these guys would still be pretty sweet, or landing only Carlos Correa. But I don’t mind dreaming.