*Another* Cubs-Correa Prediction, Swanson or Bust for the Braves? Cardinals and Phillies “Will Get One,” More

There are so many free agent shortstop rumors flying round proper now. So I’ve determined to gather and focus on them multi function place. Gotta filter out some tabs.

Cubs on Carlos Correa and Trea Turner

Let’s begin with some excellent news. Jon Morosi was on MLB Network this afternoon, and actually hammered house his perception that the Cubs are concerned in the shortstop marketwith a desire for the high two guys out there:

“(The Cubs) are principally concerned on all the most important shortstops on the market in free company, they’re broadly lively when it comes to what we will see with the shortstop market. Carlos Correa is on their record, Trea Turner is on their record, Xander Bogaerts is on their record, as is Dansby Swanson.

I believe that the two most important guys they’re displaying the most curiosity in proper now are Correa and Turner.”

I like it. At this level, there’s been an awesome quantity of studies connecting the Cubs to the shortstop market. There’s actually no thriller or concern remaining; Win or lose, they’ll be concerned.

Setting that apart, I believe it is particularly good to listen to that the Cubs are doubtlessly most considering Correa and Turner. While every has gotten their very own Cubs connection in the previous, the momentum had begun to shift to the extra … reasonably priced choices over the previous few weeks. And whereas I’d be proud of any of the 4 (actually, I imply that), I’d positively choose Correa or Turner.

But all of that is setting apart the better part, which got here subsequent. According to Morosithe Cubs signing Correa is “the favourite proper now … due to how clear that pairing is.”

Woo! That’s enjoyable. To make certain, Morosi stated one thing comparable in the previous, however this can be a week later and additionally on the heels of (1) an area author predicting Correa to the Cubs and (2) the betting odds believing the similar. Good vibes, my associates.

Don’t neglect, along with being the youngest shortstop of the bunch, Carlos Correa will not be related to draft decide compensation. That’s issues so much to the Cubs.

Swanson or Bust for the Braves

In different excellent news, the Cubs’ area of competitors for one in every of the shortstops may not be *fairly* as dangerous as we as soon as thought.

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Brave signing a shortstop “aside from Dansby Swanson” this offseason is “extremely unlikely.” Rosenthal went on to elucidate Atlanta’s reluctance to commit “too excessive a share of their payroll” to anyone participant, understanding in future seasons “the salaries of their younger gamers will rise.”

And this sentiment is shared by Braves beat author David O’Brien.

The twin nationwide/native reporting lends somewhat extra credence to the information. And whereas the Braves may actually nonetheless lengthen Swanson, the incontrovertible fact that they have not already actually is not a good signal.

At a minimal, these studies give us a transparent rooting curiosity: We need somebody aside from the Braves to signal Swanson, because it may take each his new group *and* the Braves out of the working for one in every of the different three shortstops, whom the Cubs appear to choose anyway. In the previous, the Dodgers have been closely related to Dansby Swanson. Do with that info what you’ll.

Seriously… The Phillies *and* Cardinals?!

And now the enjoyable involves a screeching halt.

Elaborating on a report from Jon Heyman (relating to the Phillies sudden curiosity in Xander Bogaerts), Tom Verducci goes out on a horrifying limb that each the Phillies *and* the Cardinals “will get one in every of these premier shortstops.”

Now, the query is… Do we purchase it?

For the Phillies? Absolutely. The smoke between Philly and Turner is/was already so heavy, and there have now been a number of connections between them and Bogaerts, as effectively. They even have the cash and positional want, and are in a transparent window of competition — one they pried open with cash for influence gamers, I’d add.

For the Cardinals? Honestly? No I do not. Call it wishful pondering, however I do not assume the Cardinals are about to spend $280M+ on Carlos Correa or Trea Turner. Even Bogaerts seems like he’ll find yourself out of their consolation vary. St. Louis simply by no means palms out tremendous lengthy, expensive offers (extensions or free company) and they RARELY wade into the deep-waters of free company.

Don’t get me improper, it is not like the Cardinals do not ALSO have the want – Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt, and Adam Wainwright don’t get any youthful, and the NL Central stays eminently winnable. But I simply do not see them spending cash this fashion. I actually hope I’m proper.

Informing my perception? Derrick Goold through the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “The description I acquired was associated to Turner and Correa particularly — the two shortstops aiming for and more likely to get the greatest offers of that group. The Cardinals are hanging out on the edges to see the place the market goes subsequent.”

Hanging out on the edges is not notably convincing. I’m not anxious, but.

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