Rumors: Where the Red Sox stand in the free-agent chase for Dansby Swanson

The Red Sox, who reportedly expressed interest in Swanson before losing Bogaerts to the San Diego Padres, they are still in the hunt for the 28-year-old shortstop.

Where the Red Sox stand The Dansby Swanson sweepstakes first appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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The Athletic’s Jim Bowden identified the Chicago Cubs as the team “most likely” to sign Swanson, while also naming the Minnesota Twins and St. Louis Cardinals as potential suitors.

According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Los Angeles Dodgers are also interested in Swanson, and USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale isn’t ruling out Swanson returning to the Atlanta Braves.

Swanson had a breakout season for the Braves in 2022, hitting.277 with 25 home runs and 96 RBIs to earn his first All-Star selection.

The 28-year-old is also a strong defender who won a Gold Glove at shortstop this season.

Swanson’s talent, however, ensures that he will be compensated, especially after watching Trea Turner (11 years, $300 million), Bogaerts (11 years, $280 million), and Carlos Correa (13 years, $350 million) strike it rich in free agency.

Even if Swanson’s contract does not exceed $300 million, it is unlikely that Red Sox fans will be happy if Boston pays close to that amount to sign Swanson after letting a franchise icon walk in Bogaerts.

So, unless the Red Sox can land Swanson on a shorter-term deal, it seems more likely they’d transition Trevor Story to shortstop and take their chances on the second base market.