MLB Rumors: Cubs "Involved" On Top End Of Free Agent Shortstop Market

The Chicago Cubs have said they'll be active this offseason, ready to spend to get themselves back into contending status. According to Chicago MLB Insider Jesse Rogers, as he told MLB Network today, the Cubs are definitely involved in the top end of the shortstop market. 

"They're involved. Whether they write the big check or not," posits Rogers, "...depends on how big of a check it's going to be. The Cubs are involved in all tiers of the free agent market, but certainly in that one—the top end of the shortstops.  

"I'm hearing more about Dansby Swanson and Trea Turner these days than I am Carlos Correa and Xander Bogaerts...but that could change."

In the end, Rogers postulates that "the Cubs are in a tough spot: they don't have an established winning team" to be able to sell themselves as being ready to win, while the other teams they're competing against in that market are all much closer.

As an example, the Cubs were thought to be in on free agent Jose Abreu, but we know now that the veteran 1B has chosen to sign with the defending World Series champion Houston Astros.

But make no mistake, the Cubbies will definitely be doing all they can to add some big time talent this winter.

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