MLB Free Agency began Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. eastern, and reports have come in that the Chicago Cubs are active to sign some of the top free agents. More specifically, the Cubs have been active in the shortstop market, looking to add a power bat for the middle infield.

This past season, Nico Hoerner manned the shortstop position in 133 games during the 2022 campaign, only totaling 13 errors.

Hoerner had a career-best season on both sides of the field, as he hit 10 home runs, by far the most in a single season. With a deep shortstop market, Hoerner will move to second base.

Hoerner has experience manning the other middle-infield position, as he did so 30 times during the 2021 season, while Javier Báez was with the Cubs.

The Cubs have been connected with all major shortstop free agents, including Trea Turner, Carlos Correa, Dansby Swanson and Xander Bogaerts

In 2022, Turner was excellent. He played in 160 games, totaling the most at-bats and plate appearances in the league. Turner hit 21 home runs, 100 RBI and 27 stolen bases in his 2022 campaign. He was voted to his second All-Star Game and first career Silver Slugger Award.

If the Cubs can snag Turner off the market, he would provide positive power and speed at the top of the lineup. 

Correa opted out of the three-year deal he signed with the Minnesota Twins in the 2021 offseason.

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Correa is a free agent for the second time since 2021. Last offseason, the Cubs were heavily connected to Correa but ultimately lost to the high-bidding Twins. This season, Correa continued his consistent play with a well-above average OPS at .834, 22 home runs and 64 RBI

Correa has also been one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball over the past five seasons. From 2018-2021, Correa was tied for the fifth-best defensive shortstop in the majors, with a +49 outs above average, according to Baseball Savant.

Nick Ahmed, Francisco Lindor, Javier Báez and Nolan Arenado top Correa in the statistic. Correa is tied with superstar defender Andrelton Simmons, who has been one of the best defenders in the past decade.

Just like during the 2021 offseason, the Cubs will try to grab Correa, who has the tools of a top-five shortstop.

Dansby Swanson has entered free agency for the first time in his seven-year career.

Swanson has been a good shortstop since the COVID-shortened 2020 season, when his power numbers jumped in the 60-game season. In 2020, he played in all possible 60 games, hit 10 home runs, 35 RBI and a .464 SLG percentage. In 2021, Swanson played a great role in the Braves’ championship run, despite a dip in performance. He played in 160 games, totaled 27 home runs and 88 RBI.

Additionally, Swanson is one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball. Last season, he saved nine runs with his glove, tied ninth-highest in MLB.

The most important part of Swanson’s game: his ability to stay on the field. Since the 2020 season, Swanson has played in 382/384 possible games, including all 162 this past season.

His health and play would fit well next to Nico Hoerner, who would play second base.

Lastly, Xander Bogaerts is the final star shortstop on the free agent market. Bogaerts has consistently been one of the best offensive shortstops since 2015, his breakout season.

Bogaerts is a four-time All-Star, a five time Silver Slugger winner and a member of two World Series runs with the Boston Red Sox. Since 2019, Bogaerts has sat around a .300 batting average and a .500 SLG percentage. Bogaerts displays a ton of power that the Cubs need in the middle of the lineup.

The free agent market provides the Cubs an important opportunity to add top talent to the roster. With Jed Hoyer expressing “Intelligent spending,” it will depend on the length of the contract the players want.

Either way, four teams will be adding All-Star caliber shortstops during the 2022 offseason.

The Cubs have been well-connected with former Chicago White Sox All-Star first baseman, José Abreu. The 35-year-old had spent his entire nine-year career with the Southsiders, producing some of the most consistent play at first base.

Abreu burst onto the major league scene in 2014, easily winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award, hitting 36 home runs and 107 RBI. This season was a precursor for the excellent play the White Sox would receive for the next eight seasons. Abreu has totaled over 100 RBI in six of his nine seasons with the Sox and five season with 30+ home runs. During the COVID-shortened 2020 season, Abreu won his first American League Most Valuable Player Award after leading the league in hits and RBI.

With Abreu’s age being a huge factor, I don’t see the Cubs signing him to more than a three-year deal. Still, Abreu looks to be the most possible addition to a young and improving roster looking for experience, leadership and power.

The 2022 free agency class has a ton of talent available for the Cubs. There are many more players the Cubs are looking to acquire. Come next season, the roster might look completely different than it does today.

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