Star free agent Carlos Correa remains one of the most sought-after players on the open market, even while MLB free agency is stalled due to the lockout. While the shortstop has a handful of suitors in free agency, one team said to be in on the former Houston Astro is the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs were reportedly in talks with Correa over a long-term deal, however, there was one significant dispute between the two sides in their discussions. Per 670 TheScore, the snag between the Cubs and Correa has to do with the length of the contract.
#Cubs have serious interest in Carlos Correa but don't want to go 10 years in contract length, sources tell @MLBBruceLevine. https://t.co/yrOINa1apz pic.twitter.com/Wl0DVPUWoG
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Correa is reportedly seeking a 10-year deal in free agency, something the Cubs are apparently unwilling to guarantee the 27-year-old. The Cubs were widely expected to enter a rebuild this offseason but after landing Marcus Stroman on a three-year deal, they could opt to focus their rebuild around Correa, should they come to terms on a deal with the star shortstop.
In terms of finances, the two sides reportedly have no qualms. With next to no cash tied down on player contracts in 2022, the Cubs can certainly afford the likely lucrative contract Correa and his representatives are demanding.
It’s understandable that the Cubs may be unwilling to commit 10 years to Correa. The shortstop has shown some level of being prone to injury, though he’s played in most of the Astros’ games over the past two seasons. He’s also been somewhat inconsistent despite coming off a career year in 2021.
Throughout his seven-year career with the Astros, Correa slashed .277/.356/.481 with 133 home runs and 489 RBI across 752 regular-season games. That type of production could be on its way to Wrigley Field, should the Cubs be willing to compromise.