I don’t care if it’s a bit of subterfuge or simply one of those deals where they were checking to see if they could land another bargain by some strange chance, I can’t help but be excited to see the Cubs connected to Carlos Correa. They made a big splash ahead of the CBA deadline by signing Marcus Stroman to a three-year, $71 million contract and Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston recently listed them among five teams who’ve been in touch with Correa’s agent.
According to MLB sources the agent for free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa has heard from the @Yankees, @RedSox, @Dodgers, @Cubs and @Braves and was offered five years/$160 million by the Astros last month.
— Mark Berman (@MarkBerman_) December 2, 2021
Berman first reported the Astros’ laughable six-year, $160 million offer back in early November, a sum that looks even more foolish now than it did at the time. It’s less than half of what Corey Seager got from the Rangers, so you know Correa is going to want to top that mark. Unless, of course, he feels very strongly about an opportunity to do something special in Chicago.
Stroman did, and now he is already recruiting for his new team.
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) December 2, 2021
As unlikely as it is, the Cubs have reportedly been eyeing the top of the shortstop market and need an elite defender to support Stroman and their other pitch-to-contact starters. They’ve got a lot of room to maneuver financially and have several other young shortstops who could either move to other positions, take over as Correa ages and slides to third, or be used to acquire cost-controlled players who fill more immediate needs (hello, Frankie Montas).
We’re less than two hours from a lockout as of post time, so maybe this will give us something to cling to until the CBA gets sorted out. As for those who hate the idea of a big-money contract, well, I suppose you can rest secure in the knowledge that it probably won’t happen even after everything thaws out.