Chicago Cubs reportedly met up with Scott Boras in Carlos Correa and Xander Bogaerts


I mentioned this final night time when the information broke that the Cubs had met/have been assembly with representatives of Josh Bell, Trey Mancini and Martin Perez, who’re stable and fascinating gamers in their very own proper, however I perceive they do not aren’t the sexiest names this offseason. Simply because the Cubs are having conferences about these guys this week, and simply because these are those which can be reported, it hardly means that it is the solely factor the Cubs are doing, and even that these gamers are a “focus”. It is only a be aware on the sorts of guys the Cubs could be taking a look at, and a nod to how extensively they’re casting the web.

In different phrases, you should not freak out about these names, simply as you should not freak out in regards to the ones Gordon Wittenmyer now reviews. Based on Wittenmyer, the Cubs met with tremendous agent Scott Boras and his core group to debate, amongst others, shortstops Carlos Correa and Xander Bogaerts.

The Chicago Cubs *have* an curiosity in these shortstops. That half will not be debatable. What’s debatable is what sorts of contract buildings the Cubs can be keen to just accept and whether or not any of the 4 free-agent shortstops will likely be open to it (or pressured to take action by the market). Varied reviews – and historic precedents – counsel that the Cubs actually don’t desire greater than 5 or MAYBE six years for these guys, or any participant.

However in an age the place there at the moment are some gamers open to tremendous excessive annual worth offers with shorter annual phrases, I simply do not assume we will say “oops, the Cubs aren’t going to eight years, in order that they’re undoubtedly out.” I additionally do not know if we will fully rule out the potential of, say, a seven-year deal for the Cubs if the scenario appears good for them. There’s merely no cause to OPEN the offseason by asserting your intentions there, particularly in case your robust choice is to maintain issues short-term and a 12 months greater.

My intuition is that almost all or all the 4 shortstops will be capable of safe 6+ 12 months offers with wholesome AAVs and possibly even opt-outs that enable them to have their cake and eat it too. If the Cubs do not take part at this degree, they in all probability will not get one among these guys. That may be a deeply disappointing outcome for me.

However what if the Cubs have been keen to speak about AAVs heading into file territory? I do not assume it is loopy to counsel, when rubber meets the highway, {that a} hypothetical $200 million five-year supply will likely be seen as aggressive with a $250 million seven-year supply (or the rest).

Do not get misplaced within the numbers. And even the names. For me, the underside line is that the Cubs are severe about this shortstop market, and at the very least seeing what it is attainable in short-term enterprise. Why not do that tactic first? And keep on an agent’s name listing if there are different developments out there?