The Cubs do not want to do a long-term deal with Carlos Correa, similar to the Astros’ offers.
The Houston Astros offered a respectable deal this offseason to Carlos Correa in terms of average annual value, but they aren’t meeting the long-term side that many speculate is what the free agent wants.
Correa has been rumored in talks with other contenders besides the Astros, such as the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox; just to name a few. Of course, there is also the Detroit Tigers, who could make a run at a Wild Card spot in 2022 and who also offered a 10-year deal to Correa, which he declined.
The Tigers now have All-Star Javier Baez, but both Baez and Correa can play other positions in the infield. While Detroit is not to be rumored out of the fight, they did offer Correa before signing Baez.
Now, the Chicago Cubs have been rumored as a serious landing spot for Correa, once the next Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place. Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago reports that the “Cubs have serious interest in Correa but don’t want to 10 years in contract length.”
There aren’t any more reports on the contracts being offered to Correa, other than the Tigers’ 10-year deal and the Astros’ preseason and offseason offers. After Corey Seager signed a massive, long-term deal in Texas, it looked like Correa would beat him in years and AAV.
Now, it is unclear what teams will do after the lockout ends. Back issues have been reported as a fall in amount of years on the deal, while ball clubs aren’t looking to make that risk. But even though the Astros haven’t signed long-term under the ownership of Jim Crane, they have paid $30 million to aging players or one that missed two seasons due to an injury.