Cubs made Carlos Correa massive offer he never even saw

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Just when you thought we could put the Carlos Correa free agency adventure behind us, it pulls us back in – this time, courtesy of MLB Network’s Stephen Nelson.

As we all heard early in the offseason, the Chicago Cubs had a high level of interest in Correa – but only in the seven-year range. They weren’t out there looking to give out a contract that spanned more than a decade and you can easily understand that hesitancy, even if you felt like Correa might have been an exception to the rule.

Nelson’s report on Wednesday confirms what we heard then – that Jed Hoyer offered the former AL Rookie of the Year a seven-year pact worth more than $30 million annually. The only problem being it never got in front of Correa because of the mid-winter agency change he made, joining Boras Corporation during the lockout.

Once that happened, it seemed like a near certainty that Correa would either get a mega-deal or go down the road he wound up taking: what amounts to a one-year deal at a high AAV that set him up to, assuming he performs in 2022, hit the open market again next winter. (In other words, this is most certainly not the last you’ve heard of Correa and the Cubs).

As for Chicago, this goes to show that the front office was and is willing to pay for the right players. Did the Cubs flip the entire thing over in one offseason? No. But after last summer’s massive sell-off, they added a ton of new faces to the mix without, in any way, jeopardizing the team’s long-term outlook.

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If a Clint Frazier-type signing pans out and he suddenly puts it all together or Seiya Suzuki is the guy the Cubs are hoping he’ll be, the team will be a strong position to hit the gas next winter, with top prospect Brennen Davis likely with big league time under his belt and more clarity when it comes to the overhauled farm system that’s dripping with high-upside, high-risk talent.

That’s the time to supplement with a franchise-altering superstar.