Plenty of doubt exists when it comes to the Cubs and the likelihood they land one of the four free agent shortstops available this winter. Whether it be Xander Bogaerts, Trea Turner, Dansby Swanson or Carlos Correa, all would be an upgrade to a roster in dire need of some star power.
When it comes to Correa, who, to me represents the highest long-term ceiling while also being the youngest of the group, Chicago will face stiff competition, including, it seems, from the team he spent 2022 with, the Minnesota Twins.
To say everyone was shocked when Correa signed with Minnesota following last winter's lockout would be an understatement. The former AL Rookie of the Year really picked up steam as the season progressed, finishing with 5.4 bWAR but missing the postseason for the first time in his career.
Twins are ready to pay Carlos Correa - will the Cubs get into the game?
The Twins, for their part, have maintained they'd love to have Correa back in 2023 and beyond and, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, are putting their money where their mouth is, making multiple offers to the Scott Boras client already this offseason.
The offers fall between six and 10 years, which tells you it's going to be all about how the AAV is structured. The shorter-term offer is going to feature higher dollars per year, while the long-term deal is going to spread the big pile of money out more, which would hopefully allow the Twins front office to have the resources available to build around Correa over the course of the contract.
That same mindset is front of mind for the Cubs and Jed Hoyer, but I (and just about every other writer and blogger who covers the team) can't see them extending themselves past six years for Correa, or any other free agent, for that matter. That line of thinking could very well cost them on all four guys and if that's the case, you can expect a furious fanbase.
If a mid-market team like the Twins is dropping long-term offers at Correa's feet, there's no excuse for an organization more than capable of being a full-fledged large-market powerhouse nickel-and-diming their way through free agency. It's as simple as that.