3 big-time free agents the Cubs can sign after the MLB lockout ends

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3 free agents the Cubs can still sign after the MLB lockout: #1 – Carlos Correa

Topping off this list we come to Carlos Correa, who has been loosely connected to the Cubs on a couple occasions this offseason. Correa, love him or hate him, is an incredible ballplayer that quickly makes any team better both on offense and defense. After landing Marcus Stroman, the Cubs proved they are seriously in trying to improve the team and continuing to be aggressive by landing Correa is one of the best ways to do just that.

A two time All-Star, Correa owns a career slash of .277/.356/.481 since 2015 when he won AL Rookie of the Year. In 2021, Correa added to his accolades by earning his first Gold Glove for his remarkable defense at shortstop. Given the groundball-heavy tendencies of Chicago’s pitching staff, adding an elite defender like Correa makes a ton of sense.

The longtime Houston shortstop made it clear from the start: he was fine waiting until the MLB lockout concluded to sign a new deal. Right before things shut down, we heard that the Cubs have been in touch with Correa’s agent – only adding fuel to the fire fans were feeling following the Stroman news on Thursday.

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Though nothing is of certainty at this point, especially with how long this lockout will last, it’s another reason to believe the Cubs are back to spending and looking to make a few significant splashes this winter.