Sport MLB insider gives Cubs renewed hope for top free-agent target

10:30  01 december  2022
10:30  01 december  2022 Source:   msn.com

Phillies provide discouraging update on Bryce Harper's injury

  Phillies provide discouraging update on Bryce Harper's injury Harper dealt with an elbow injury for most of the 2022 season.Speaking during the Phillies end of season media availability, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announced that Harper would have surgery next week in Los Angeles performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Morosi, the Chicago Cubs are the "most likely" landing spot for this top free agent.

  MLB insider gives Cubs renewed hope for top free-agent target © Provided by Fansided

This Hot Stove season, while most of the attention will be on outfielder Aaron Judge, there will be a focus on the top four free-agent shortstops. Those names are Trea Turner, Dansby Swanson, Xander Bogaerts and Carlos Correa. We have already heard that the Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly the favorites to sign Turner. But what about any of the other three?

During an appearance on MLB Network's "Hot Stove," insider Jon Morosi expressed his belief that the Chicago Cubs are the most likely landing spot for Correa.

Boston Red Sox have ‘made offers to several players’: Five ideal options in MLB free agency

  Boston Red Sox have ‘made offers to several players’: Five ideal options in MLB free agency Boston Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy claimed this week the team has been aggressive this offseason and made some recent offers to players. The question is, which free agents did some of those offers go to? Here are five possible targets for free agency.With the 2022 MLB World Series in the rearview and the winter meetings on the horizon, the focus of the baseball world is on MLB free agency. Organizations around the league are making major decisions on what their winter strategy will be regarding players they want to keep, stars they may want to add, and what areas they can improve ahead of 2023.

The comments come at the 8:40 mark of the video linked above.

MLB insider says Cubs are most likely landing spot for Carlos Correa

"I still look at the North Side of Chicago, a team that had a lot of interest in him out of the Draft initially, and a team that's now looking for the credibility to arrive once again to contender status in Major League Baseball," said Morosi, h/t Cubbies Crib. "Carlos Correa I believe needs that stage of the North Side marquee team to try to get back to the postseason. And the Cubs need him … the mutual interest and collaboration there for Correa with the Cubs just to me … makes too much sense. … I believe Correa leaves the Twin Cities, and Chicago to me is the most likely destination."

As Morosi mentions, the Cubs were interested in Correa when he was in the 2012 MLB Draft, where he was ultimately selected first overall by the Houston Astros. Let's not forget that the Cubs were linked to Correa last offseason when he first hit free agency. Ultimately, nothing really progressed between both parties, and he signed a three-year, $105.3 million contract with the Minnesota Twins.

This past season, Correa recorded a .291 batting average, a .366 on-base percentage, a .467 slugging percentage, 22 home runs, 64 RBI, 70 runs scored, and 152 hits.

Correa opted out of his contract with the Twins this offseason.

The Cubs will be a team worth monitoring on the Correa front. Of course, the Twins can't be ruled out in trying to re-sign Correa either.

MLB Hot Stove: Astros upgrade ‘absolutely kills’ Yankees; Aaron Judge, Xander Bogaerts, Justin Verlander updates .
The Houston Astros beat up on the Yankees again in the 2022 regular season, then they knocked them out of the playoffs again on their way to winning another World Series. And now while the Yankees wait for free agent Aaron Judge to decide whether he’s returning or leaving after a 62-homer season, the Astros already have hit an offseason home run. Wanting to upgrade at first base, the Astros were interested in free agent Anthony Rizzo, who instead opted to return to the Yankees for $40 million over two years. The Astros’ response was to go out and quickly lure in a bigger fish.

usr: 1
This is interesting!