The Chicago Cubs sure seem like they passed on Carlos Correa for a cheaper option. Chicago signed a shortstop, but it’s more of a stopgap in Andrelton Simmons.
The Chicago Cubs signed a shortstop, but not the one some might expect.
While the Cubs were among the favorites to land Correa as early as this afternoon, Chicago signed Andrelton Simmons to a one-year, $4 million contract on Friday night. On first look, this takes Chicago out of play for the more expensive shortstop in Correa.
NOT SO FAST MY FRIENDS.
Before Cubs fans head to Wrigleyville to drink their sorrow away this Friday night, they should keep their Twitter notifications on. Ken Rosenthal, along with Jon Heyman, claim Chicago remains interested in Correa — perhaps just at a different position.
Could Cubs still sign Carlos Correa?
Simmons is a solid defensive player at shortstop — previously a Gold Glove candidate — and should provide the Cubs with plenty of defensive stability at the position.
But Chicago could still sign Correa and ask him to play a different position. Correa at either second or third base is feasible, but would he be willing to make such a change?
If Chicago signed him to the eight or ten-year deal he’s rumored to want, then sure. Correa is a fluid shortstop, but he also has shown a willingness to play different positions when called upon. Still, why move one of the best defensive shortstops in the majors away from his native position if you don’t have to?
Surely, this matter will be solved soon, but for now we’re left wondering exactly what Chicago have planned long-term.
Andrelton Simmons contract details
The Cubs got Simmons on a bargain, signing him to a one-year, $4 million deal. Eventually, that could be seen as a bargain buy, especially if he contributes right away.