Over at ESPN, Buster Olney spoke with a variety of talent evaluators round baseball concerning the prime 5 shortstops in free company: Corey Seager, Carlos Correa, Marcus Semien, Trevor Story, and Javy Báez.
It makes for an attention-grabbing learn on the highest free brokers, and the way these across the sport view them. There’s a deeper have a look at every participant, and the marketplace for their providers. An entire lotta groups are going to be spending huge this offseason, and a complete lot of them might use a shortstop.
What would possibly stand out to you, although, is that the Cubs are literally acknowledged as a workforce with a necessity at shortstop. Somebody is paying consideration nationally! The precise line, in truth, might be going to titillate you a bit of: “[T]he Cubs are seen as a wild card within the shortstop market, and a few Chicago staffers have been cultivating details about the elite shortstops.”
Wild card! Cultivating data! Staying within the combine!
It’s an important line, and I’ve little doubt it’s true. However I feel we’ve got to acknowledge the large image context right here earlier than we go too nuts.
The Cubs have (1) a gap at shortstop, (2) loads of accessible payroll house, and (3) a market in entrance of them that options loads of nice shortstops. With that data alone we will say with confidence that the Cubs are going to research the gamers. They should be ready to leap into the market if a man slips (relative to their internally-calculated worth).
The Cubs SHOULD be cultivating data on all of those guys. It will be irresponsible to not, as a result of, like we said recently with Carlos Correa, there could possibly be a stage at which the Cubs see an excessive amount of worth not to get entangled within the bidding. It is perhaps solely a 5% probability that that occurs, however it’s important to be ready in case it does. And you may’t be ready to leap should you haven’t executed your homework.
However, for reasons we’ve gone over, I don’t see the Cubs main the market on any of those shortstops. After all the Cubs would need Corey Seager within the summary – each workforce would – however his worth to them is perhaps lower than his worth to a workforce that’s rather more clearly going to win a complete lotta video games in 2022 and 2023 (when Seager is most certainly to place up his finest remaining years). In that occasion, the rational price ticket for the Cubs is perhaps barely decrease than the rational price ticket for the Mariners or whoever.
So, do your homework, preserve monitoring the market, and no less than be ready to pounce on worth if one thing loopy occurs and one among these prime shortstops finds he’s out of big-market suitors on the value level he hoped for.
… or perhaps the Cubs have been taking part in a rope-a-dope all alongside and so they’re truly going to ball out for one among these guys and coordinate it with different strikes to essentially enhance the workforce for 2022. I suppose I can’t fully rule it out, however within the 10+ years of Theo/Jed, we’ve all the time identified the normal spending route of a given offseason. Monster long-term contracts don’t really feel just like the order of the day this time round.
Oh, additionally: the Olney piece speculates on the attainable touchdown spots for every of the 5 shortstops, and the one one the place the Cubs present up is, you guessed it, Javy Báez. Apparently, solely two groups are named for Báez: the Cubs and the Mets (who are reportedly trying to get an extension done with him early in the offseason).
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