Multiple New Carlos Correa Reports Pop Up Today (Both Mention the Cubs), Which is a Little Odd, Right?

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Multiple New Carlos Correa Reports Pop Up Today (Both Mention the Cubs), Which is a Little Odd, Right?

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Like I mentioned in the Bullets this morning, it’s really tricky – mentally – to get into the let’s talk about things that could happen in the offseason and season headspace right now. For example, it just feels a little weird to talk about things the Cubs might do when the lockout ends, given our new presumption that it’s going to last a lot longer. That doesn’t mean we WON’T talk about that stuff as it arises – there are still some interesting depths to plumb – it just means it’s a little harder for me to dig in with my typical level of obsessive avidity.

With that in mind, and knowing that a lot of writers and reporters undoubtedly feel something slightly similar right now, I found the timing of these items from Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman interesting, at a minimum:

When I saw Rosenthal’s article drop, I thought, “That’s so specific to the Red Sox, which I haven’t heard much about, and also why is this dropping today of all days?” And then I saw Heyman’s tweet, and again, I thought, “Why is this coming up today when nobody anywhere expects the lockout to end by Monday? This is the kind of thing you might hear from an agent when free agent negotiations are about to kick off.”

Don’t get me wrong: this stuff is still interesting. Both reports mention the Cubs as possible fits, which we’ve obviously discussed at length earlier in the offseason. I’m into hearing about that stuff!

It’s just that it feels like the kind of thing you dig into on a Friday if you knew Offseason Part Two was about to kick off. And I *do not think* it is about to kick off, and I also *do not think* Rosenthal and Heyman are hinting at it. That’s not a tea leaf I’m reading here, and I don’t want to get your hopes up by not being crystal clear. I don’t think anyone has secret information about the end of the lockout that they are keeping quiet at the moment. I think no one knows, and everyone is kinda evaluating on the outside as best they can (it looks really, really bad). I’m not even sure anyone involved in the negotiations has a good sense of whether this can end by Monday! But I doubt anyone is optimistic enough to start really ramping up their behind-the-scenes negotiations with Carlos Correa!

So what’s going on then? Well, if I had to guess, I would say it’s just a coincidence that both mentioned Correa this morning, and each was just putting out something they’d heard/had been thinking about/had written a while ago/etc. I don’t know that there’s any special big-picture clue here.

As for the substance, hey, it’s nice to see the Cubs still getting a mention when Correa comes up, since they did have conversations before the lockout, since they do have sincere interest up to a certain level, and since you don’t know for sure what Correa might have to take when the offseason kicks back up. I’m sure the Cubs have spent at least some time during the lockout sorting out precisely what they can do on Correa, and what else they would have to/want to do in coordination if they were to land Correa. I am sure the war room and the yarn strings up on the wall connecting strategies and alternatives is just nuts.

For, you know, whenever it matters …

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.