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Sources: Cubs have made pitch to top free agent shortstops

2 years agoTony Andracki

SAN DIEGO — In the wake of Trea Turner’s megadeal with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Cubs continue their pursuit of the remaining top free agent shortstops (Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts, Dansby Swanson).

Marquee Sports Network contributor Bruce Levine reported the Cubs have met with agents or the players themselves, including former Cubs players and coaches serving as ambassadors to help recruit the top shortstops to Chicago.

In the past 24 hours, sources confirmed to Levine that the Cubs met with Correa in San Diego with a group led by president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer, GM Carter Hawkins and manager David Ross.

Another source confirmed to Levine that the Cubs met with Bogaerts 10 days ago with Ross, first base coach Mike Napoli and former pitcher Jon Lester were among those that talked with Bogaerts and explained to the former Boston shortstop what it’s like playing on Chicago’s North Side.

Bogaerts was a rookie with the Red Sox in 2013 when Ross, Lester and Napoli helped lead the team to a World Series championship.

Bogaerts turned 30 in October and has a career .292/.356/.458 slash line (.814 OPS). He is a 4-time All-Star, 5-time Silver Slugger winner and has finished in the Top 10 in AL MVP voting twice (2019, 2022).

Correa turned 28 in September and carries a career .836 OPS. He is a 2-time All-Star and won a Gold Glove and a Platinum Glove in 2021. But he has also been hampered by injuries at times, averaging 113 games per season over his career.

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