Chicago Cubs Rumors: Determining the best shortstop fit

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Trea Turner has officially signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, meaning there are just 3-star shortstops left in free agency. Between Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts, and Dansby Swanson, who is the best option for the Chicago Cubs?

Bogaerts is the oldest of the three, at 30 years old, and both Correa and Swanson are 28. If the Cubs want to stay young, then Correa is the best option. In his 8-year career, Correa has a .291 batting average with a .366 OBP, 155 homers, and 553 RBI. Defensively, Correa has never had a season of more than 15 errors, and a career fielding percentage of .981, which is impressive for a shortstop.

Dansby Swanson is definitely the worst of the 3. Still a fantastic shortstop, in his 7-year career, Swanson has a .255 batting average with a .329 OBP, 102 homers and 411 RBI. Defensively, Swanson has only had 1 season of more than 10 errors, 2017 with 20. Other than that, Swanson's most errors in a season has been 10, with a career fielding percentage of .978.

Xander Bogaerts may be the most well-rounded shortstop of the 3. In his 10-year career, Bogaerts has a .292 batting average with a .356 OBP, 156 homers, and 683 RBI. Defensively, Bogaerts has had 3 seasons of more than 10 errors, with a career fielding percentage of .979. Bogaerts is coming off of an incredible 2022 season, as he hit .307 with a. .377 OBP and 73 RBI, which would be the most RBI from the 2022 Cubs team.

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Personally, seeing Bogaerts in Cubbies blue would be ideal. But if the Cubs cannot sign him, then Carlos Correa is the next best option. With the star players of Aaron Judge, Trea Turner, Justin Verlander, and Jacob DeGrom off the board, and the Cubs already signing Jameson Taillon and Cody Bellinger, hopefully, one of these three shortstops will be a Cub soon.

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