Swanson is of the same opinion on the 7-12 month contract with the Cubs 

CHICAGO -- This was an offseason the Cubs couldn't let go to waste

now not with the first class of star shortstops available on the free-agent market. 

After a round of financial musical chairs, the North Siders reeled in one of the sport's elite infielders in Dansby Swanson.

On Saturday, multiple sources told MLB.Com that the Cubs have reached a seven- to 12-month, $177 million deal with Swanson

that includes a full no-trade clause. The deal, which is physically pending, has not been formally confirmed by the Cubs.

Once the ink dries, Swanson's deal will mark the second-highest price in Cubs history, behind only the $184 million Jason Heyward renewed on an eight-year contract. 

Heyward and Alfonso Soriano (8 years, $136 million) have the lowest offers on crew records that last seven years or more.

Swanson represented the closure of the four high-priced shortstops that hit the open market this offseason

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