Carlos Correa wasn't interested in Cubs in free agency because he didn't want to be a part of a rebuilding team


(670 The Score) Star shortstop Carlos Correa was in contact with the Cubs during free agency this past offseason, but there was a clear, simple reason he didn’t give serious thought to joining them.

He wasn’t interested in being part of a rebuilding team.

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Correa expressed that view recently in interviews with NBC Sports Chicago and the Athletic, explaining that he wanted to sign with a club ready to win immediately.

“I didn’t want to be part of no rebuilding,” Correa told NBC Sports Chicago.

“We had conversations, but there was never an offer (from the Cubs). It was just checking in stuff. They were more in that rebuilding process. And they knew I wanted to be more in a championship-caliber atmosphere. That’s why I’m a Minnesota Twin.”

Correa joined the Twins on a three-year, $105-million deal that includes player opt-outs after each of the first two seasons. He and the Twins are 46-37 and hold a 3.5-game lead in the AL Central after earning a 6-3 win against the White Sox in 10 innings Monday night.

Correa, 27, is having another strong season, hitting .294 with nine homers, 29 RBIs and an .823 OPS in 59 games entering play Monday.

“One of the main reasons I signed here is because I saw an opportunity to win the division and compete in the playoffs,” Correa told the Athletic of joining the Twins. “Right now, we’re on July 4 and I don’t regret this decision one bit. It’s for sure the best decision I’ve made.”

The Cubs are 32-48 and are 14 games back in the NL Central.

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