Last week, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Dodgers are unlikely to be in on Carlos Correa, partly because of potential fan backlash because he was on the cheating Astros team in 2017, and partly because of financial uncertainty as they wait to hear the results of Trevor Bauer’s suspension appeal. L.A. could be on the hook for some or all of Bauer’s salaries for 2022 and 2023 if he wins his appeal.
Los Angeles radio broadcaster Tim Neverett was on MLB Network on Monday and was asked by the host if Correa’s ties to the 2017 Astros rule him out as a possibility for the Dodgers.
“You know, I really don’t know about that. I’ve thought about that a lot over the last couple weeks, and just the way the fans are, yeah, they’re not happy with Houston at all. … But he’s been with the Twins, he’s a really good shortstop. Can he help you win? Yeah, he can help you win.
“But like I’ve found, being part of the Dodger organization, I wait until something is done or not done to believe it, because the front office staff works the way that they work, they do a good job in terms of keeping things from everybody until the time comes. But I wouldn’t be shocked if they signed him, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t.
“But I know that the fans, I think over time, if they signed him and they’re winning and he’s playing well, I think maybe they’d get over it.”
Fan sentiment isn’t unanimous either way. There are some fans who say they’ll stop being fans if the Dodgers sign Correa, while others just want the best team possible regardless of baggage. Correa would undoubtedly make the team better, which would be enough for some fans. Perhaps coming to L.A. and helping the Dodgers win a World Series would help some fans get over the one he helped steal from us.
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