Happy Thanksgiving from the Cubbies Crib staff to all of you. We will always be thankful for the Cubs even when there are legitimate questions to be had regarding the direction of this organization. There is no doubt that this offseason is an important offseason as the sentiment from chairman Tom Ricketts and president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer over the course of the past three months has been a tone that would suggest that the team is going to spend actively this offseason with the goal of returning to contention.
For the Cubs, spending actively should include pulling out all stops to sign free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa. ESPN Major League Baseball insider Jesse Rogers has been the most critical of the Cubs' ideology this offseason and his pushback against the Cubs' goals this offseason continued this week when he joined the Cubs Talk podcast and suggested that the Cubs wouldn't be willing to meet Correa's asking price of $250MM.
Given the Cubs' recent spending decisions, it is completely fair for Rogers to be skeptical of the team being willing to go the lengths of a $250MM contract for a free agent. If Rogers proves to be correct with his stance, then the Cubs are in danger. There has been this growing sense that Ricketts is comfortable with the idea of the Cubs becoming the big-market version of the Pittsburgh Pirates and if that is the case, this Cubs' organization is doomed. There is no reason why the Cubs shouldn't be willing to meet the $250MM asking price for Correa and if they don't, then there would not be a reason to be optimistic about the direction this team is headed.
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