Like every MLB team, the Dodgers will have a shortstop in 2023. Unlike about 25 teams, though, we have no idea who that shortstop will be for Los Angeles. They have internal options like Gavin Lux, Chris Taylor, or even Jacob Amaya, and there are trade possibilities like Willy Adames. And, of course, there are still two big free agents on the board in Dansby Swanson and Carlos Correa.
There have been reports that L.A. won’t be in on Correa because of his role on the 2017 Astros who cheated to steal the World Series from the Dodgers. But on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk, analyst and former big leaguer Kevin Millar thinks Correa and the Dodgers are a good fit.
In a segment they called “Carlito’s Way,” Adnan Virk asked Kevin Millar which “Carlito” — Carlos Rodon or Correa — would fit in better with the Dodgers.
“It’s hard because Rodon fits everywhere. You could put him on every team we’re gonna talk about. But I will tell you this: Correa fits in with the Dodgers. They need— I mean, Trea Turner, he was the man, my dad’s a Dodger fan, he wanted him to come back, if anybody. But at the end of the day, Carlos Correa’s the guy that would fit in nice with the Dodgers lineup. Bellinger’s gone, we know he had a little off-year but he’s on a one-year deal with the Cubbies. But now you’re looking at Trea Turner with the Phils, Correa slots right in. So that Carlito fits well, in my opinion, with that Dodger blue. And I don’t want to hear any Dodger fans talking about ’17, stop. Stop with that nonsense.”
Carlos Rodón and Carlos Correa are two of the top free agents still on the market.
— Intentional Talk (@IntentionalTalk) December 12, 2022
Millar laughingly dismisses the concerns about Correa being part of the cheaters, and while there are legitimate concerns from a lot of fans, he’s probably right to assume all that really matters is how well he plays on the field. Millar knows about this firsthand a little bit — during the players’ strike in 1994-95, Millar was a replacement player and was therefore barred from membership in the union throughout his 12-year big-league career when he made the majors three years later. He understands that while some people hold grudges, most people only care if you can help a team win a World Series, which Millar did with the Red Sox in 2004.
There’s no question Correa would be a great fit for the Dodgers from a baseball standpoint. The only question is whether the front office will pull the trigger and make a deal.
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