3 big ticket free agents if the Chicago Cubs miss out on Carlos Correa

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3 big ticket players if the Chicago Cubs miss on Carlos Correa – #3: Trevor Story

Alongside Nolan Arenado before the Gold Glover was traded to St. Louis, Trevor Story served as one of the faces of the Rockies franchise since 2016. Story is a two-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger winner and has finished top 12 in MVP voting three times in his career. Most recently, Story finished 11th in 2020 during the pandemic-shortened season.

In 2021, Story’s numbers plummeted to the second lowest mark of his career. He slashed just .251/.329/.471 with 24 home runs, 75 RBI and 20 stolen bases. For his career, Story’s line is a much more respectable .272/.340/.523. After batting .291 in 2018, .294 in 2019 and .289 in 2020, a down year for Story couldn’t come at a more opportune time if you’re the Chicago Cubs.

Rumor has it, due to the down year, there’s a strong possibility of Story being this year’s Marcus Semien in the sense he might sign a one-year ‘prove it’ deal to reset his value before hitting free agency again next winter. If Chicago can get in on that, they have nothing to lose by throwing some money his way.

Story is a well above-average defender at shortstop – the same as Correa. Though Story’s numbers away from Coors Field aren’t quite as eye-popping, entering Wrigley Field, another hitter-friendly ballpark, you can imagine his numbers could rebound in 2022.