Robert Murray today offered up his free agent rankings list, which, hey, if you’re into the rankings part, enjoy. For me, I just like seeing which players are connected to which teams by an insider, and what the contract projections are looking like.
Of note to us, involving the Cubs …
- The only teams Murray connects to Carlos Correa are the Cubs, Twins, and Orioles. I’m not saying the latter two COULDN’T come over the top with a huge contract, but if that’s how his market actually shook out, I’d like the Cubs’ chances. (Hey, they are the betting favorite, after all …. )
- Trea Turner, who ranks ahead of Correa on the list, is set to get eight or nine years at $35 to $37 million annually, per “multiple evaluators.” The low end there is 8/$280M, and the high end is 9/$333M. You never say it can’t happen in free agency, but the high end there seems REALLY high. And I wonder if this is yet another signal that Correa might wind up getting less than Turner.
- The Cubs are name-checked with Xander Bogaerts (and the Red Sox and Dodgers), who has obvious come up a lot lately in connection with the Cubs.
- Murray says “a contract in the vicinity of Yasmani Grandal’s four-year, $73 million contract is certainly in play” for Willson Contreras. I would bet that’s the range Contreras is going to be targeting, and if it’s realistic, then he will be declining the Cubs’ Qualifying Offer tomorrow.
- The Cubs are the only team name-checked for Jose Abreu, for whom an agent predicted a two-year, $45 million deal. We’ve seen quite a wide range on Abreu, but most predictions land on two years. I think once you start to get north of $40 million, it makes a little less sense, but I’m not saying the Cubs shouldn’t do it. Abreu otherwise is such an obvious fit for the Cubs right now.
- The Cubs are also mentioned with Kodai Senga (no contract prediction), together with the Giants, Dodgers, Blue Jays, and Padres.