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Could Trevor Story be an option for Cubs if they miss Carlos Correa? – NBC Chicago

By on December 23, 2021 0

Could Story be the Cubs option if they miss Correa? originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Carlos Correa at cubs?

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The Cubs have been linked with the Astros shortstop on several occasions this offseason, with another report this week indicating “mutual interest.”

But if they miss Correa, who could get a record-breaking deal this offseason, there’s another All-Star in the market they could turn to for their shortstop need: Trevor Story.

If the Cubs are willing to spend on a shortstop this winter, Story, 29, could be a shorter-term, lower-cost option.

Story is a free agent for the first time this offseason after six productive seasons with the Rockies. He was All-Star and Silver Slugger in 2018 and 19 – hitting 37 and 35 homers in those seasons.

He’s a strong shortstop defenseman, recording defensive run save totals over his six seasons, and is 11th among all shortstops in the Outs Above Average since his 2016 rookie season.

History has distinct home and road separations between his time playing at Coors Field, a Rocky Mountain batting club, and he has suffered arm injuries in recent seasons, including a sick elbow last season – although he told NBC Sports Chicago in August that the injury was behind him.

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But one thing is certain: the Cubs must add a daily shortstop in the big leagues this winter. Their best shortstop prospects are all in the lower levels of the minor leagues.

Story is one of the best options out there.

Beside him and Correa, free agent shortstops include Jos̩ Iglesias, a first glove player who is considered one of the best in this role, and Jonathan Villar Рwho has a ton of shortstop experience but is more fit for second or third.

Possible business candidates are Nick Ahmed, another glove-favored guy, Elvis Andrus, who turns 34 next August and has seen a dip in recent seasons, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa – whom Rangers may not even want. not move despite Marcus signing. Semien and Corey Seager to long term deals.

For the Cubs to go to the top of the market for Story, he would be the most impactful stand-alone agent shortstop addition after Correa.

And the Cubs’ offseason additions so far, which include veteran starters Wade Miley and Marcus Stroman, may have increased his interest, or at least what he’s looking for this winter.

Story told NBC Sports Chicago in that August interview that he would like to hear any team’s competitive schedule view during their free agency.

“It’s something that I would like to hear no matter what, no matter what the team,” Story said.

These additions will help the Cubs compete. Even before them, Story praised the Cubs in August and how much he enjoyed coming to Chicago as a visitor during his career.

“Man, by far this is such a historic organization, and I can tell you, I love playing here,” Story said. “The fans are great. Coming right here over the past six years, this is a place you can’t wait to come to for sure.

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