Sorry Tom, free agents aren't actually free
A look at the top 20 free agents and who the Cubs should and might sign
Free agency has technically started, but it won’t really get going until after the November 15 qualifying offer deadline, and honestly, nobody good signs until January these days. But hey, it’s never too early to rank some free agents!
For the purpose of this pointless exercise (hence, the name of the newsletter) we’ll rank the top 20 players based on who will have most impact (regardless of cost—sorry Tom)…
…on their new team, and let’s figure out how attractive they should be to the Cubs and how likely they are to actually make them a real offer.
Carlos Correa, SS - The Cubs should have signed him last year but they didn’t want to pay him, they wanted to tank, and they didn’t want to lose a precious draft pick. This time around they still would have to pay him, but they shouldn’t still be tanking and he no longer will have draft pick compensation attached to him. He’s only 28, he’s a consistently excellent offensive player, he’s a bonafide shortstop and as he ages he figures to be at worst a plus defender at third base. And that’s important considering it’s going to take a ten year deal to sign him. Tom, are you OK? Did you fall off the chair? Jed, get him some Dasani.
Will they make him an offer? Actually, probably yes.
Chances they actually sign him? I think they might do it. I’ll put it at 38%.
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