MLB Rumors: 8 Teams To Vie For 4 All-Star Free Agent Shortstops

For the second straight offseason, superstar shortstops will be dominating the free agent landscape. There will be four of them after Xander Bogaerts and Carlos Correa opt out of their current deals. They'll join Trea Turner and Dansby Swanson. 

But which teams are "in" on spending the hundreds of millions it'll take to land any of these guys? 

Jon Heyman of The New York Post posits eight teams that will be chasing an All-Star shortstop. Four of them have an opening at short:

  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • San Francisco Giants
  • Philadelphia Phillies
  • Chicago Cubs 
The other four are the incumbents:
  • Boston Red Sox (Bogaerts)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers (Turner)
  • Atlanta Braves (Swanson)
  • Minnesota Twins (Correa)
The one that seems most likely to go down, is that the Braves will re-sign Swanson. Yes, they've spent a ton of money extending all of their young stars over the past couple of years (Ronald Acuna Jr., Matt Olson, Michael Harris II). But Swanson is the hometown Georgia boy, who's been with the Braves for his entire 7-year career. It would be difficult to see them letting him go. 

But then again, there was this Freddie Freeman kid they once had... 

The Cardinals haven't had any trouble spending big on superstar contracts in recent years (see: Arenado, Nolan; Goldschmidt, Paul). So it wouldn't be a surprise to see them land one of these guys.

Last year, the biggest contract handed out was the $325M that SS Corey Seager got from the Texas Rangers. 

It should be an interesting free agent frenzy once again this winter.