There are just two of the Big Four shortstops left on the free-agent market after Trea Turner signed with the Phillies and Xander Bogaerts signed with the Padres. Dansby Swanson is still out there, but Carlos Correa is clearly the best shortstop available.
The Giants have been trying all offseason to improve their team, and so far all they’ve landed is Mitch Haniger, losing out on Brandon Nimmo and Aaron Judge, who both went back to their respective New York teams.
According to Jon Heyman, the Giants have set their focus on Correa.
Giants, after losing out on Aaron Judge (and now Brandon Nimmo), have joined other big-market clubs plus the incumbent Twins in the Correa chase. A year after a difficult free agency, he’s primed for a monster dealhttps://t.co/twu5jQc2JJ
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 9, 2022
Heyman goes into more detail in his New York Post column.
It turns out Carlos Correa is very fortunate to have struggled in last year’s free-agent market and smart to have taken a three-year deal with the opt out so he could redo things in this year’s market, which is flying and filled with teams intent on adding a shortstop.
The incumbent Twins absolutely love Correa as person and player and they will stretch as far as that mid-market team can go. But they may have trouble fending off the motivated Giants, who still have that $360 million-plus in their pocket and a perceived need to spice up a team that wasn’t particularly interesting in 2022. The Padres’ $280 million Xander Bogaerts deal portends Correa flying past $300 million, so it’s no surprise the Twins lost a little confidence that they can keep their man. Giants ownership is very involved following a steep attendance drop and seems intent on filling multiple holes, and also hopeful to create a buzz. …
The Dodgers still could use a shortstop, but they don’t see Correa as a fit due to his presence on the 2017 Astros, leaving Swanson as their last remaining star chance.
It’s a weird situation the Dodgers find themselves in. For every other team, Correa is fair game. For the Dodgers, it would be a betrayal to their fans to sign him, even though he’s clearly the best player available. That dynamic could help L.A.’s top rival land Correa, instead.
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