Xander Bogaerts is attracting more interest than any other available shortstop on the market.
Many teams are interested in Xander Bogaerts
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One team appears to be planning an aggressive bid for the superstar free agent.
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale provided an update on Bogaerts, who is one of four marquee shortstops available this MLB offseason.
According to the longtime MLB insider, “about nine teams” have expressed interest in Bogaerts, but Nightengale identified a specific club that appears to have increased its focus on the two-time World Series champion.
Nightengale wrote: “The Chicago Cubs, who have boldly said they plan to build a contender, significantly raising their payroll, have Bogaerts as their top priority,”
“Yet they are also exploring the market for (Carlos) Correa. The Cubs jumped into the Correa sweepstakes late in February before he signed a three-year, $105.3 million contract with the Minnesota Twins, and opted out after the season.”
According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, Chicago is the “most likely landing spot” for Correa, who could end up with the richest contract of any free agent shortstop.
However, Nightengale believes the Dodgers are the “leading candidate” to sign the 28-year-old, citing information from league executives.
Philadelphia is another team to keep an eye on for Bogaerts. The long-time Red Sox star is reportedly scheduled to meet with Dave Dombrowski and the Phillies, who are in desperate need of a shortstop.