Trevor Story would be a significant upgrade at the shortstop position for the Chicago Cubs.
After trading Javier Baez last season at the Major League Baseball trade deadline, the Chicago Cubs created a significant opening at the shortstop position. The initial belief was that the Cubs would afford Nico Hoerner every opportunity to be the everyday shortstop for the team.
However, with Hoerner having value at several positions, there has been a growing sense that the Cubs’ 2018 first-round selection will rotate positions during the 2022 season.
With that being the case, it has been no secret that the Cubs will be addressing the shortstop position this off-season. There was some initial thought that the Cubs would target Baez this winter but after the veteran signed with Detroit Tigers prior to the lockout, that no longer is an option.
Initial rumors had the Cubs targeting shortstop Carlos Correa. While there is no doubt that Correa is in the top tier of shortstops across all of Major League Baseball, there are two indicators that would suggest that the Cubs will not sign the Houston Astros’ free agent.
The first indicator had been price as Correa is seeking a 10-year deal worth north of $330 million and the Cubs are reportedly unwilling to go past 7-years. The second factor is that Correa has hired Scott Boras to represent him and considering the history that Boras has with the team, it seems unlikely that a free agent deal will materialize.
Enter Trevor Story. Story would be excellent for the Cubs to sign this off-season and address their need for a shortstop. With the Rockies’ past season, Story’s numbers were down from previous seasons as he had a slash of.251/.329/.471 for an OPS of .801 clip to go along with 24 home runs and 75 RBIs.
At 29 years old, Story would be an instant upgrade for the Cubs at their shortstop position and not cost nearly as much as Correa would.