The Chicago Cubs and former Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa have been linked to each other in recent days as having “mutual interest.” However, like the Astros, the Cubs are reportedly not comfortable going with a ten-year deal as Correa wants. As a result, Trevor Story may be more in their wheelhouse.
Most predictions, including MLB Trade Rumors, expect that the former Colorado Rockies shortstop will get six years in a deal. MLB Trade Rumors predicted that he would get $126 million but if the pre-lockout signings are any indication, Story will likely get more than that.
Trevor Story is a fit for the Chicago Cubs
Despite them not making it into our list of the top five remaining destinations for Trevor Story, the Chicago Cubs are most definitely a fit, despite not having a good season in 2021.
The Cubs actually finished with a record that was worse than the Rockies, as the Cubs went 71-91 and the Rockies went 74-87. But the Cubs have more payroll flexibility than the Colorado Rockies and thus far this offseason, the Cubs are more willing to spend.
Just before the lockout, the Cubs signed starting pitcher Marcus Stroman to a three-year deal, claimed starting pitcher Wade Miley off waivers, and they signed both catcher Yan Gomes and outfielder Clint Frazier via free agency.
Are those four moves going to make them a contending team in 2022? No, but they are a step in the right direction, and if they spend more this offseason, as they want to, they could be contenders in 2022 and beyond.
Story also has said that he loves playing at Wrigley Field as well.
“It’s been fun each time I’ve been here,” Story told Rox Pile in an exclusive conversation in Chicago in August. “You just kind of feel a different atmosphere here and I think it’s cool. I think players like that.”
He also said that he “love(s) playing at Wrigley” and Wrigley Field is “a place you look forward to coming” to each season.
There will be a number of teams that will be looking into signing Trevor Story this offseason but it seems as if Carlos Correa will be the first off the board after the lockout before Story finds a new home.