For the Chicago Cubs fans who tried to sing to Carlos Correa to get his interest in the team, there’s some good news and some bad news.
The good news is that the Cubs really want Correa and would love to sign the 27-year old shortstop. The bad news is that the Cubs aren’t willing to go to 10 years.
Earlier in the off-season before the lockout, Correa turned down a 10-year, 275 million deal with the Detroit Tigers. Detroit then pivoted and signed Javier Baez to a smaller deal; six years and $144 million.
The Cubs don’t mind paying Correa whatever he’s looking for annually, which might be more than what Corey Seager got from the Texas Rangers in the 10-year, $325 million deal he got before the lockout.
The Astros offered Correa a five-year, $160 million contract, which he’s likely not going to accept since he wants the best offer possible, so they’re likely out.
Once the lockout concludes, teams like the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels are expected to make their play for Correa too, like the Cubs have.
But if the Cubs really want Correa, they will have to get over their fear of giving him the 10 years he wants.