Cubs continue pursuit of a star shortstop as Trea Turner comes off board by joining Phillies


(670 The Score) With one of the top shortstops off the board in free agency, the Cubs on Monday were continuing their pursuit at the Winter Meetings of the other stars available at the position.

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The Cubs have had recent discussions with the agents of shortstops Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson, a source confirmed. That news came as shortstop Trea Turner agreed Monday to an 11-year, $300-million deal with the Phillies, according to reports. The Cubs also had contact with Turner’s representation before he made his decision, a source said.

Correa, Bogaerts and Swanson are all attractive targets for the Cubs. Last offseason, the Cubs had conversations with Correa’s camp about a deal that was rumored to be for six years in length. He ended up signing with the Twins on a three-year, $105-million deal, which he opted out of after the 2022 season to hit the open market again.

“We had conversations pre-lockout,” Correa told 670 The Score in July. “It was never at the point of being serious. There was never an offer. There were a couple of phone calls here and there. They wanted us to let them know what we wanted. I love Chicago. It’s one of my favorite cities to come visit. Down the line, maybe we will have conversations about those things again.”

Such a conversation has happened in the past 24 hours, a source said, with Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer, general manager Carter Hawkins and manager David Ross among those at the meeting.

The Cubs met with Bogaerts about 10 days ago, a source said. Ross, first-base coach Mike Napoli and former Cubs ace Jon Lester have all been selling Bogaerts on the idea of playing at Wrigley Field and in front of the fans there.

Ross, Napoli and Lester were teammates of Bogaerts on the 2013 Red Sox, who won the World Series.

Bogaerts, 30, is a four-time All-Star who has spent his entire 10-year MLB career with the Red Sox. He hit .307 with 15 homers, 73 RBIs and an .833 OPS in 150 games in 2022.

Correa, 28, hit .291 with 22 homers, 64 RBIs and an .834 OPS in 136 games for the Twins this past season. He's also one of the top defensive shortstops in baseball.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.

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