This week, Buster Olney of ESPN reported that the Detroit Tigers offered free agent shortstop Carlos Correa $275 million over 10 years. The two-time All-Star turned it down, while he sets his sights on a larger deal.
Teams are willing to go big on Correa, but Olney points out that the Houston Astros aren’t out of the fight. Of course, this offer and other free agency discussions were conducted before the lockout, but would owner Jim Crane break his six-year contract rule?
Crane hasn’t shown any of sign of that yet, and while Major League Baseball lacks a Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams can’t pursue the best free agent available any further. That isn’t stopping fans though, as a group of Chicago Cubs devotees showed their want for Correa.
Chicago Cubs’ fans got the response they wanted from Carlos Correa on Twitter.
On Friday, Christmas carolers in Chicago changed the words of ‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo’ to ”Correa come play in Chicago.”
The Cubs currently lack an All-Star caliber shortstop, after trading Javier Baez to the New York Mets last July. So, the fan base wanting their team to sign Correa makes all the sense in the world, after the rebuild sent their core elsewhere.
Correa, who isn’t an active member of Twitter, tweeted his first post of December in response to these Cubs’ fans.
Yes, this post shows no sign of Correa actually signing with the Cubs, but it would make sense for an organization like Chicago’s. In a postseason press conference this year, Correa spoke highly about playing at Wrigley Field regarding a 2012 draft showcase.
The frontend of the Cubs’ rotation consists of Marcus Stroman, Kyle Hendricks and former Astro Wade Miley, who all have high ground ball rates to shortstop. While speculation, there are actual signs that the Cubs could be building a team around a player like Correa to interest him once the lockout ends.