How Marcus Semien, Javy Báez could fit for Cubs

Semien, Báez are SS fits if Cubs go prominent searching initially appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Cubs have a requirement at shortstop.

They likewise have monetary versatility for the very first time in numerous offseasons.

Does that suggest they require to include a prominent shortstop in complimentary company?

The Cubs have a great deal of requirements to resolve this winter season, beginning with the rotation. But if there ever was a time to want to the free market for a shortstop, it’s now. Five All-Stars are complimentary representatives, consisting of old buddy Javy Báez.

What it may consider the Cubs to land one from that group — which likewise includes Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Trevor Story and Marcus Semien — in a competitive market is another story. Each gamer includes cautions and maybe narrow windows for the Cubs.

If the Cubs go prominent searching, what are their opportunities of coming away with among the prizes? 

Carlos Correa

Correa makes one of the most sense for the Cubs in a perfect world. The two-time All-Star is coming off among his finest seasons offensively. He ended up 4th in MLB in bWAR (7.2) and likewise won his very first Gold Glove Award.

Although the Cubs have around a half lots shortstop potential customers in their farm system, Correa has actually revealed a desire to relocate to 3rd base. He might fit the Cubs’ strategies throughout this shift duration and next contention window.

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Indications are Correa is looking for a handle the area of ten years and $300+ million. He just turned 27 in September, so that kind of offer would cover a portion of his prime years.

The Cubs have actually indicated they’re not going near the leading end of the marketplace this winter season. So what are the opportunities they land the very best fit off it?

As our buddy David Kaplan may state, no shot.

Corey Seager

Seager is the next person in line to earn money a great deal of cash this winter season. He and Correa are the leading shortstops on the marketplace. In truth, Scott Boras, his representative, thinks the longtime Dodger is the leading shortstop offered.

Boras isn’t the only one in the market who believes that of Seager. He’s a power lefty bat with with current postseason success. He turns 28 next April, making him the 2nd youngest shortstop in this group.

Like Correa, the Cubs won’t remain in the marketplace for the kind of offer Seager will command this winter season. 

Trevor Story

Story is a two-time All-Star with significant house and roadway offending divides in his profession. Teams are hesitant of Rockies complimentary representatives due to the nature of hitter-friendly Coors Field however he has a set of Silver Slugger Awards on his résumé.

Story was handling an arm problem in 2021 however informed NBC Sports Chicago in August his arm is great. Like Correa and Seager, he’s connected to a certifying deal, so the Cubs would need to give up draft settlement to include him. 

Whether you can get rid of Story with Correa and Seager, that’s where things get intriguing in between Báez and Semien.

Javy Báez

If the Mets wish to re-sign Báez, they can get him back. He’s revealed his desire to play together with buddy Francisco Lindor in the past and the trade from the Cubs in July led the way.

A report out of New York recommends Báez might sign prior to a possible lockout in 2 weeks, which very same report discusses the Mets as one of “several” groups pursuing Báez.

If the Mets don’t re-sign him, his market might get really intriguing. There’s unpredictability where that market will fall. 

Some groups like Báez, a vibrant fielder and baserunner with a power bat. Some are frightened of his tendency to swing and miss out on and high strikeout overalls. 

The Cubs understand Báez in addition to any person. 

Báez had years of success in Chicago and is a fan favorite. His representative and the group have had an excellent relationship throughout the years. New York was a perfect landing area, however he talked glowingly about Chicago and his time there late in the 2021 season.

“Chicago’s always going to be home for me,” Báez informed NBC Sports Chicago’s Gordon Wittenmyer.

Marcus Semien

Semien is likewise connected to a certifying deal. He’s coming off an All-Star season with the Blue Jays in which he ended up third in AL MVP ballot.

Semien played 2nd base in 2021 for Toronto — and won his very first Gold Glove — however has actually invested the rest of his nine-year big-league profession at shortstop.

The Cubs leading shortstop potential customers are numerous years far from their big-league launchings. Semien employed Scott Boras as his representative last month and might play out the marketplace.

At 31, Semien is the earliest of the shortstops noted here. Depending on his market, he might fit the Cubs on a short-term offer, manning shortstop and supplying effect offense till those potential customers reach the major leagues.

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