The Chicago Cubs might be spending big in the free agent market afterall.
Just hours after MLB and the MLBPA agreed to a deal, free agency opened up and it’s expected to be a wild next few days. With players reporting to camps on Sunday, moves should come in a flurry and there are a few big names available including shortstop Carlos Correa.
On Friday morning, one MLB reporter delivered some potential good news for Cubs fans, naming the team as ‘one of the favorites’ to land the talented shortstop. Here is what Jon Morosi writes on the situation:
Perhaps most intriguingly, the Chicago Cubs are poised to play a major role in the courtship of Correa as the baseball industry bursts back to life.
The Cubs were among the teams that had the heaviest dialogue with Correa’s camp in the hours before the lockout began in early December, and there is every reason to believe those conversations will resume.
While the Cubs weren’t a popular pick to land the superstar shortstop last fall, there’s a logical fit between the parties.
The Cubs have the payroll flexibility to add a significant multiyear contract. Jason Heyward’s contract expires after the 2023 season, and newly signed starter Marcus Stroman is the team’s only player under contract beyond ’23. The Cubs’ bandwidth to add a superstar is further enhanced by the fact that Kris Bryant, Javier Báez and Anthony Rizzo were traded away last summer rather than extended.
After signalling a rebuild with the trades of Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez, the Cubs signing a big free agent would help ease some of the pain left over. It would also speed up this rebuilding process a bit too.
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