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The Chicago Cubs struck early at the Winter Meetings by securing Cody Bellinger and Jameson Taillon. However, the possibility of signing one of the top four shortstops never came to fruition. Fans took to Twitter throughout the meetings, begging for the Cubs to do something involving Carlos Correa, Dansby Swanson, or Xander Bogaerts.

Entering the meetings with Trea Turner already off the market put the Cubs further behind the eight ball. Include the San Diego Padres being spenders, the Philadelphia Phillies nabbing Turner, and the San Francisco Giants missing on Aaron Judge, and the circumstances worsened for the Cubs as the Giants swooped into the Correa sweepstakes.

Now, according to new reports, Swanson may now have another suitor for his services aside from the Cubs and Atlanta Braves. Per Jon Heyman, the Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly in on the shortstop.

That's definitely not great news for the Cubs. Fans have developed faith that the Cubs and Swanson would strike a deal as reports indicate he's their best bet. However, with the big bad Dodgers in the mix, the Cubs' chances of landing a top shortstop are shrinking by the day.

Dansby Swanson Fits

When looking at the construction of the Cubs roster, it's easy to see why Swanson can fit with the group. The longtime Brave brings power and elite defense to a team that can definitely use both skill sets. With rule changes coming to MLB, middle-infield defense will be more important than ever. With a Gold Glove nominee in Nico Hoerner in the mix, the Cubs would have two Gold Glove-caliber players up the middle. Including Bellinger's strong defense and Pete Crow-Armstrong's abilities in the future, the Cubs' strength would be in the most important positions.

The Cubs are sorely in need of power. Aside from Patrick Wisdom and second-year leap candidate Seiya Suzuki, the Cubs don't have a ton of pop in their lineup. Ian Happ, Hoerner, Christopher Morel, and others bring some thump, but they're more likely to put the ball in play and create issues on the basepaths.

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It makes a lot of sense for the Cubs to try to land Swanson. However, it's easy to see why he's also on the Dodgers' radar.

The Big Bad Dodgers

The last thing the Chicago Cubs need is a big-time spender to join the sweepstakes for the prize shortstops. The fit for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Dansby Swanson bidding war is obvious. They lost Trea Turner to the Philadelphia Phillies after letting Corey Seager walk the year prior, opening up a substantial void at short.

In addition, Swanson's former teammate, Freddie Freeman, made the move from Atlanta to Los Angeles just a year ago. Who's to say Freeman isn't in his ear, trying to convince Swanson to join him in LA?

Swanson and U.S. Women's Soccer star Mallory Pugh tied the knot this weekend. Plenty of time was spent between Freeman and Swanson. You never know what they discussed (and an exciting weekend for the potential Cub).

What if Swanson Ventures West?

What happens if Swanson signs with the Dodgers? The Cubs become even less likely to get a shortstop, especially if Correa and the Giants are meant to be a match. That said, there is a response the Cubs can take in order to ensure a successful offseason. How? Spend at other positions on smart deals and still build the team to improve in 2023.

In theory, the Cubs can still have a lineup worthy of the final Wild Card spot. Hell, last season's squad likely makes playoffs if not for a rocky start and tons of pitching injuries. Maybe the 2023 team gets hot, causes the front office to make an impactful trade, and sets up a massive leap in 2024. Crow-Armstrong, among others, should be ready to make an impact and graduate from the farm. However, key additions via free agency will still be needed to round out a possible contender.

But let's be honest: fans will definitely appreciate a Swanson addition over the alternate route.

Keep Your Eyes on Reports

With the holidays approaching, expect a move to happen before Dec. 22, if at all before the new year. The Chicago Cubs need to continue to add, and learning about the Dodgers' intentions lowers the probability that the Cubs get one of Carlos Correa or Dansby Swanson. The uncertainty and anxiety will have Cubs fans on their toes, but this is the nature of the MLB hot stove.