Marcus Stroman is already recruiting Carlos Correa to join Cubs in free agency

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(670 The Score) It didn’t take right-hander Marcus Stroman long upon officially becoming a Chicago Cub to start recruiting.

Just hours after he signed a three-year, $71-million deal to join the Cubs on Wednesday evening, Stroman tweeted at star shortstop Carlos Correa to come to Chicago as well.

Correa, 27, is widely considered the best free agent this winter. He’s coming off an All-Star season in which he led all Major League position players in WAR (7.2).

Correa hit .279 with 26 homers, 92 RBIs and an .850 OPS in 148 games for the Astros, the team he has spent his entire seven-year MLB career with. Correa also won a Gold Glove in 2021 and is a two-time All-Star.

The Cubs are in dire need of a shortstop after trading Javier Baez to the Mets in late July. Baez recently joined the Tigers on a six-year, $140-million deal in free agency. Correa is expected by most to receive a deal bigger than new Rangers shortstop Corey Seager’s 10-year, $325-million contract.

The Cubs are one of many teams that have had contact with Correa's representation, according to reports. MLB is currently in a lockout, which has put free agency on pause.