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Dodgers Offseason Rumors: Carlos Correa Reportedly Meets with Cubs

With Trea Turner off to Philadelphia, the Dodgers will officially have a new starting shortstop for the third straight year in 2023. The best shortstop available on the free-agent market, unfortunately, is also the one with the most baggage: Carlos Correa.

Correa, of course, was a key member of the Houston Astros team that cheated to win the 2017 World Series over the Dodgers. L.A. fans haven’t forgotten, especially because Correa was one of the most defiantly belligerent members of the cheating squad.



But the Dodgers need a shortstop, and Correa is very good. He and his teammates weren’t banned from baseball (or even slapped on the wrist), so he’s going to play for someone in 2023. Is it fair for the Dodgers to punish themselves by refusing to sign him.

Anyway, as with any free agency, even if the Dodgers decide they’re interested in Correa, he gets a say, too, and plenty of team will be interested in him because, as we mentioned, he’s a really good ballplayer. One of those potentially interested teams is apparently the Cubs.

The Cubs are an interesting possibility, because they have some decent young talent but they’re coming off back-to-back lousy seasons. Correa would have to decide he wants to join a rebuilding team in order to head to Chicago, and the 2022 Twins are the first bad team he’s ever played for. A lot of Correa’s reputation is built on his postseason success, so it would be a little odd to see him sign with a non-contender.

Of course, the Cubs play in the NL Central, where it’s easier to become a contender than it is in a real division. And Correa learned last offseason that his market is somewhat impacted by having been a key cog in a cheating machine. He’ll follow the money, like most free agents, and if the money is on the north side of Chicago, he’ll head there.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. He's been blogging about baseball and the Dodgers 2004 and doing it professionally since 2015. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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6 Comments

  1. For a short term that the Dodgers want he and Boras will want 33 mill or up on aav and probable player opt outs

  2. Jeff Snider wtf? Are you also on Correa’s jock? How in the hell would the Dodgers be punishing themselves by not signing someone who so blatantly and unrepentantly wronged them? Where’s your self respect man? Would you be punishing yourself by not signing someone who stole something from you and was arrogantly nonrepentant about it on top of it all?

    Since someone’s going to sign him, I hope it’s the Cubs, or anyone else other than the Dodgers.

  3. If there can sign Correa for a price that still allows them to get an above average centerfielder with some pop I say go ahead. However, as an alternatve Lux can move over to shortstop and they can cover second base from within the organization. Also remember that they still have Thompson.

  4. Think of it like you owned a small business. If you caught someone stealing from you, then he doesn’t even get a slap on the wrist in court, would you turn around and hire that same person to work for you?

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