The Chicago Cubs are determined to make a splash during the current free agency period.
They have money to spend: all they need to do is lure a player or two to come to Chicago and be one of the leaders behind the team’s resurgence.
At least that’s the vision of the ownership and the front office.
It’s often easier said than done, though: lots of contenders are shifting their focus to the same targets as the Cubs.
However, the Colorado Rockies proved last year that no team can be ruled out in the pursuit of a free agent, when they signed former Cub Kris Bryant.
In fact, the Cubs just met with one of the big fish in free agency: Carlos Correa.
“NEWS: #Cubs met with Carlos Correa today, source confirms @MLBBruceLevine report,” MLB insider Jon Morosi tweeted.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 6, 2022
The Cubs seem fixated on the idea of adding a starting-caliber shortstop.
Correa Would Give The Cubs A True Star
They don’t see any difference-making third basemen on the market, so they are open to move around Nico Hoerner if they need to accommodate an incoming impact infielder.
If Correa signs with the Cubs, it will be to play shortstop, and a similar thing can be said about Dansby Swanson.
The one who may be open to switching positions to third base is Xander Bogaerts.
In any case, if Correa goes to Chicago, it will be easy to accommodate the infield for him: Hoerner could move to second base.
Correa would bring a potent bat (.834 OPS, 22 home runs in 136 games with the Minnesota Twins in 2022) and elite defense to shortstop.
He would also be a recognizable star to help lure fans to Wrigley Field.
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