Report: Cubs have serious interest in Correa, but won't do 10-year deal
The two sides haven't negotiated of late due to baseball's work stoppage, but they were engaged in conversations before the lockout, per Levine.
Chicago's front office reportedly understands that a major financial commitment is needed to acquire the two-time All-Star. Correa is believed to be seeking a deal similar to the 10-year, $325-million pact Corey Seager signed with the Texas Rangers this month.
"The Cubs have the money to sign Correa," a source told Levine. "However, the only hesitation is about the length of the deal - not the annual average value of the contract."
Correa is the top free agent left on the open market after a terrific seven-year stint with the Houston Astros, which included winning American League Rookie of the Year in 2015, a World Series in 2017, and a Gold Glove and Platinum Glove this past season.
The Puerto Rican infielder also has a reputation for playing well in the postseason, accruing 18 homers and 59 RBIs over 79 playoff games.
Landing Correa would be another significant step in the right direction for the Cubs, who signed right-hander Marcus Stroman to a three-year, $71-million contract this offseason. Chicago also inked veteran catcher Yan Gomes to a two-year deal and brought in former prized outfielder Clint Frazier.
Chicago's fanbase is all for the Cubs signing Correa. They recently grabbed his attention by altering the words to a famous Christmas carol.