Chicago Cubs: 3 critical keys to success heading into 2022

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Chicago Cubs: 3 critical keys to success – #3: Sign Carlos Correa in free agency

By now, we are all well aware of the Cubs’ reported interest in Carlos Correa. The rumors had just began picking up steam when the clock struck midnight on December 2 as the collective bargaining agreement between the MLBPA and the league expired. Clearly, Correa has his eye on Chicago, as well, as he warmly responded to the love shown to him by the Wrigleyville faithful.

Correa is a perennial All-Star-caliber shortstop with the bat and the defense to help put any team on the map. What this means for Nico Hoerner and Nick Madrigal remains to be seen, but if you can sign Correa regardless, you have to pounce and figure out the rest later. Correa’s bat in the heart of the order, in hitter-friendly Wrigley Field no less, has the potential to significantly increase the offensive potency of this team for years to come.

Correa is phase one of a three-fold plan the Cubs can utilize in revitalizing the team as soon as next season. The former Rookie of the Year, two-time All-Star and this year’s Platinum Glove recipient will certainly put fans in the seats, something that Tom Ricketts wants desperately.

The Cubs chairman must realize how important it is to pay up for Correa now as there isn’t much to get excited about in next years free agent class, which ultimately could delay the Cubs’ chances of competing for another two years if they don’t spend now.