It was not that long ago that top free agent shortstop Carlos Correa was only a dream for Chicago Cubs fans, but once the team signed Marcus Stroman to a three-year, $71 million deal, it felt like a real possibility. 670 The Score’s Bruce Levine confirmed the Cubs have serious interest in Carlos Correa on Tuesday.
With the Cubs’ serious interest comes their hesitancy and desire to avoid offering a 10-year deal. The front office may still have shell shock from the Jason Heyward contract that they are still locked in to, and I personally don’t blame them. The good news for fans that don’t want to sit through another rebuild is that the average-annual value (AAV) Correa wants doesn’t appear to be an issue.
I agree wholeheartedly with this tweet above. If the Cubs aren’t willing to extend a 10-year contract, which would likely be a key separator from other suitors, they may need to hike up the AAV (possibly over $30 million) in order to stand out. The Cubs hesitancy here is understandable and I back them on it. That said, they are going to need something else to separate them from the rest of the pack, including other teams that are more championship ready.
A Sign of Good Things to Come
After handing out a three-year, $71 million deal to Stroman and the news that the Cubs are seriously in on Carlos Correa, Cubs fans should be extremely encouraged going forward. Even if the Cubs miss out on Correa, there is reason to believe they will be in on the big free agents this offseason. In addition, it feels like they are going to be extremely smart about it.
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