Mark Berman, of Fox 26 Houston, got an inside scoop on who has reached out to Carlos Correa and his agent.
According to Berman, Correa’s agent has heard from the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, and the Atlanta Braves.
It would make sense for all of these teams to go out and get the best shortstop left on the market. Although Correa is going to come at a hefty price, he is well worth everything he is asking for.
Let’s take a look at how Correa can improve each of these teams.
It’s obvious that the New York Yankees are at the top of the list for teams who need an elite shortstop. If the Yankees want to compete for a World Series, they need to start spending money like the Yankees used to.
Although there has been some bad blood between Correa and the Yankees, they need to forget about everything that happened and go sign the best possible player on the market. If the Yankees can sign Correa, they will be much better than a season ago.
The Yankees have not had an elite shortstop since Derek Jeter. There’s no reason to not have the bad guy come in and be the face of the franchise next to Aaron Judge and Gerrit Cole.
The Dodgers are looking to do this because they lost Corey Seager to the Texas Rangers. The Dodgers aren’t necessarily a team that needs to go out and get Correa. They already have an All-Star in Trea Turner. As everybody knows, the Dodgers like to spend money more than anybody else in the MLB. If there is a free agent out on the market that they feel can improve their team, they’re going to do everything they can to get him. He is also another one who has bad blood with the Dodgers, possibly even worse than the Yankees.
At the end of the day, if a team wants to win a World Series, they need the best players in baseball. He’s not a necessity for this Dodgers team like he is for the Yankees, but he is somebody who can help their ballclub.
This is an interesting one for the Red Sox, but they could move Xander Bogaerts to second base. Xander is not one of the better defensive players in the MLB, so moving him over to second might give him more value.
The Red Sox lost in the American League Championship Series a season ago to the Houston Astros. Boston is already one of the best offensive teams in all of baseball. Adding Correa would make their lineup almost unstoppable.
It could be a good fit as Boston will definitely welcome the Yankee villain. Boston is another team that is not afraid to spend money. It could help their team defensively as Correa is one of, if not, the best defensive shortstop in all of baseball.
This one could come as a surprise to some people, but it makes sense. If the Braves were to not sign Freddie Freeman, they need a first baseman. Whether the first baseman is Jorge Soler or All-Star Austin Riley. If they did this, they can still keep Ozzie Albie’s at second base, Dansby Swanson at shortstop, and possibly move Carlos Correa to third base. He clearly has the arm strength to be able to play third, so it makes sense that they would put him at the hot corner.
It would be a very interesting decision from the Braves’ standpoint to let go of their franchise star Freddie Freeman, after winning a World Series title a season ago. Freeman isn’t even asking for that much money. It should be a no-brainer that the Braves give him the money he wants.
Correa to the Cubs doesn’t make much sense. They are in no way, shape, or form, ready to contend for a World Series title. Them wasting $350-plus million on one player would make no sense from an organizational standpoint. With all that money, the Cubs can go out and get nine players who are more than serviceable to help them compete now. They signed Marcus Stroman on Wednesday, which shows that they do want to add some pieces to try to contend in the near future.
Correa would definitely help them, but it would not be smart to spend that much money on one guy.
Whatever team he decides to go to, the team is getting arguably the best shortstop in baseball. Many people do not like his antics, but at the end of the day, teams want to win, and Carlos Correa has done that his entire career.