Cubs seek 7-year deal with Carlos Correa, report suggests

Latest Correa speculation recommends Cubs look for 7-year offer initially appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

One of the most significant concerns left on MLB’s complimentary representative market is what kind of offer All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa might command after baseball’s lockout ends.

As among the youngest stars on the marketplace, the length of Correa’s next agreement might be as huge a concern as the quantity of cash.

WSCR’s Bruce Levine having a went at addressing that concern in an interview on Houston radio ESPN 97.5 FM today, recommending the Cubs might target Correa on a seven-year offer.

“The agreement is that a seven-year offer would be most likely what the Cubs are going to attempt to persuade Correa of doing,” Levine said. “I don’t understand if that’s going to get it done.”

The bigger question might be whether Correa would even consider that type of offer. He reportedly turned down a five-year, $160 million offer from the Astros and a 10-year, $275 million offer from the Tigers in recent months.

“You know, a lot of people don’t believe in 10-year contracts and in long-term deals and all that,” Correa told NBC Sports Chicago in October. “But when you look at most of the 10-year contracts they’ve been giving out, the long-term deals, they’re players that are 31, 30, 32.

“I’m going to be 27 on my first year. I’m young, I’m healthy, and I perform. So we’ll see what happens.”

Levine threw out the possibility of opt outs early in the contract, which have become very common in recent years with high value, multi-year contracts, as an enticement — allowing Correa to re-enter the market. Those deals typically are often front loaded.

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Take it with a grain of salt because no communication at any level is allowed between Correa and any team during the lockout. Whatever the internal discussions might be, they could be moot by the time the lockout ends.

Many anticipate Correa to be in play for the leading agreement of the offseason, if not a record offer. Fellow shortstop Corey Seager landed a 10-year, $275 handle the Rangers prior to the lockout.

Francisco Lindor signed a record offer for shortstops previously this year by means of a 10-year extension with the Mets worth $341 million.

It’s likewise all however difficult to anticipate what the marketplace might appear like up until groups and gamers understand what baseball’s monetary structure appears like post-lockout — not to discuss whether the season begins on time.

But if Correa does not get strong deals after the lockout, possibly 7 years might be in play.

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