Chicago Cubs Rumors: Cardinals overlapping in the SS market

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The MLB free agency market is scolding hot as teams including the Chicago Cubs are scrambling to add to their rosters and compete for championships. We have already seen the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies make massive moves (and purchases) to establish themselves as consistent title threats for years to come. But fear not, because this is only the beginning.

Specifically speaking, the market for the shortstop position is the hottest of them all. After Trea Turner signed a monstrous 11-year $300 million deal to join his old teammate Bryce Harper in Philadelphia, Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts, and Dansby Swanson lead the way as the next big names to come off the board. There are reportedly lots of teams still in the mix for all three stars, but two names stick out more so than others around these parts.

Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals are duking it out for a top shortstop.

The last team Cubs fans want to see land yet another great player is the St. Louis Cardinals, and that is exactly who the Cubs are fighting off to land one. Multiple reports have the Cards in the mix on landing one of the shortstops the Cubs are talking to. It almost feels like if the red birds are able to snag one of the top free agents on the market, the Cubbies will need to step up and sign two top targets in order to keep fans confident and happy.

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Tom Ricketts has given Jed Hoyer and the Cubs' front office the green light to go spend that cash. We've heard this before, but this time feels different. The Cubs need to step up and go get their guy, even if it's for a hefty, hefty, HEFTY price tag (shoutout Pat Hughes). Needless to say that if the Cubs come up empty-handed here, Cubs Twitter will burn to the ground.