In an MLB offseason full of uncertainty about the 2022 campaign, there was a piece of news that might impact the Chicago Cubs. According to reports, free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa informed ESPN that he will now be represented by Scott Boras and Boras Corporation.
Many baseball fans know who Scott Boras is. Boras has a reputation of being a tough agent to deal with. In fact, the team on the South Side of Chicago has had issues with Boras clients in the past. Historically, Boras is notorious for driving up the price on his clients. What does this mean for Correa? Well, it likely means he’s in store for a hell of a payday once the lockout ends.
How Does this Impact the Cubs?
The next question is, how does this impact the Cubs? Well, the Cubs are tied to Correa this winter. Whether it has been false reports about phone calls with former Cubs players or rumblings that the front office is interested in Correa, the Cubs are firmly in the shortstop’s sweepstakes. However, this change of agent during the lockout will surely drive up Correa’s price once he can sign. The first concern that comes to mind as a Cubs fan is that he will quickly price himself out of the North Siders’ range.
The Cubs likely don’t want to go beyond five years with any given player. After the Jason Heyward signing backfired, the organization is going to be hesitant on term. The Marcus Stroman deal worked out perfectly because it is at longest a three-year deal. As for Correa, it seems that the slugger wants a 10-year deal, which will likely prove too rich for the Cubs’ taste.
Once the lockout ends, the Carlos Correa sweepstakes will be fascinating to watch. However, due to this development in his representation, the Cubs and Correa may not be a match made in heaven.
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