Cubs still have weaknesses even if they sign Carlos Correa
Chicago Cubs need more proven commodities in the bullpen
The bullpen had many positive signs as the year came to a close, as guys like Scott Effross, Manuel Rodriguez, Rowan Wick, and Codi Heuer formed a promising nucleus, but one thing the bullpen lacks is a true closer. The team tried a few different relievers there, but no one had any true success in the role. Heuer and Wick each had some hard luck-blown saves, but neither seems like the best option to be a lockdown ninth-inning man as of now.
It’s tough to say what the Cubs should do for a closer right now. Tossing big money at a closer doesn’t make sense right now for the team, so they’ll need to find an internal candidate. Wick and Heuer may get more looks, but Rodriguez may have the best stuff for the role with his 100 MPH sinker. The team may be best served going closer by committee but they certainly have time and options to decide.
There’s not much of an argument against the Cubs making a move for Correa. It’s a move that gives the team a cornerstone for the future, would rejuvenate the fanbase, and show that the front office and ownership are committed to winning. But there will still be work that needs to be done to make the entire roster around him contender level. Correa would be a very positive move for the team, but there are still holes to patch up.