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Have a conversation with the Cubs Carlos Correa According to Bruce Levin of 670 The Score in the last 24 hours. President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer, General Manager Carter Hawkins and Manager David Ross All attended the meeting. Levine also said that the team had recent discussions with both Xander Bogaerts And Dansby Swanson – The remaining two top short stops will be left later Treya Turner He agreed to a deal with the Phillies.

Correa and Bogaerts, in particular, have both been strongly linked to the Cubs this offseason, and it’s still unknown whether or not either will accept offers. Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer’s media availability reports that the team made several offers to free agents this summer and that the team is currently focused on free agency in trades.

With Turner off the board to an 11-year, 300mm contract, there seems to be a sense of urgency among teams looking to sign one of the top free agent shortstops. The Cubs have long been considered one of the “Big Four” (now Big Three) shortstops. It’s a team with plenty of financial muscle looking to flash and get back to winning ways, so bringing in a marquee free agent makes a lot of sense.

Correa just turned 28 in September, so he may not have all the pieces to contend for a championship in 2023. He’s still young enough to be a long-term piece for the Cubs. He received one pick in compensation last summer before signing a short-term deal with the Twins.

He’s coming off another breakout season with the Twins, worth 4.4 fWAR. He slashed .291/.366/.467 with 22 home runs for a wRC+ of 140. He was able to dip in the defensive ranks, but still put up a valuable 3 runs batted in, although that was the lowest mark of his career.

MLBTR predicts a nine-year, $288MM deal for Correa, although given Turner’s deal with Philadelphia, it’s not hard to imagine Correa’s deal going north of the $300MM mark. The Cubs currently have a payroll estimated at $127MM by RosterResource, a team that recently saw a payroll of over $200MM, leaving plenty of room for a Correa-sized addition and more.

Of course, Correa’s market is expected to be strong, with the Twins making a strong effort to re-sign him, and the Giants and other teams likely to be interested. With that in mind, it’s only fitting that the team meets Swanson and Bogaerts. Levine reports that Chicago met with Bogaerts about ten days ago. Swanson is a year older than Correa, Bogaerts is 30, and while both are accomplished players in their own right, both probably command less commitment than Correa.

When there is a lot of talk about the Cubs signing one From high short stops, Mark Feinsand of It is reported that the team can sign two Short stops. If that’s the case, he’ll likely sign Bogaerts and Swanson instead of Correa and one of the two, and it will depend on Bogaerts moving to third base. Needless to say, with the extensive interest in all three players, it will be a challenge for the Cubs to win two bids, but it’s an extra layer to consider.