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Dodgers Rumors: Analyst Thinks LA has a Chance to Sign Carlos Correa

One of the main objectives of this offseason for the Dodgers is to figure out who will play shortstop for them in 2023. They could stay internal with Gavin Lux, Chris Taylor, or even Jacob Amaya. They could trade for someone like Willy Adames. Or they could go after one of the big four free agents: Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts, Dansby Swanson, and Carlos Correa.

Over on the Flippin’ Bats podcast, Ben Verlander and Alex Curry talked about Correa, and both think he’s the right fit for Los Angeles.



Verlander: “Your prediction was that Carlos Correa goes to the Dodgers. And I agree with you. I think Carlos goes to the Dodgers. Why not? Ya know? He’s great. I think he’d be a great fit there.”

Curry: “He’s a star.”

Verlander: “He’s a star.”

Curry: “You need to be a star in L.A.”

Verlander: “And you mentioned it, there’s so much money available, with all the money coming off the books for the Dodgers. Kimbrel. Bellinger’s contract … that’s off the books. Trea Turner. There’s big-money guys that have gone off the books, and they’re able to spend now. I think they do it at shortstop, and I think they do it at pitcher.”

Verlander, of course, has some not-so-secret biases when it comes to hoping the Dodgers spend a lot of money on pitching, since his brother is a free agent in conversations with L.A. But he’s not wrong about the financial outlook for Los Angeles — they do have a ton of money coming off the books, and if they wanted to, they could go big in free agency.

There have been rumblings that L.A. might try to stay below the luxury tax in 2023 to reset the escalating penalties, but they could sign Correa and still stay below that mark. They probably couldn’t get Correa and Justin Verlander, but they could spend big at one of the positions and stay under.

With Correa, as always, the question is about baggage. When the Astros players escaped their cheating scandal with zero punishment, the common refrain was that their punishment would be the shame they live with the rest of their careers. Well, maybe it’s a little more than shame. It’s hard to argue that Correa’s cheating history didn’t affect his market last offseason, and it could affect it again this year if the Dodgers shy away from him because of it.

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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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14 Comments

  1. if the dodgers have one ounce of integrity they dont sign correa . to do so would be saying its ok to cheat .

  2. carlos correa is a perfect fit, just because he backed up his fellow team mate and made a harsh comment has got some dodgers fans panties in a bunch… sound like weenies if you ask me! CC got the pedicree, talent, and heart that the D-team needs! plus his stats in the playoffs proofs he’s a good bet! dodger fans need to get off their high horse and stop acting like panzies…

  3. Correa and Boras will demand a long term mega deal or short term high aav deal with player opt outs every year. This lets them go back into the market any year they want to

  4. I keep hearing “a ton of money off the books”. So called “insiders” are using that to spin content for their pieces. Clearing payroll doesn’t mean a team will obligate themselves to the same level as last year or previous seasons.
    The latest estimate indicates the Dodgers have 40 million to re-obligate if they want to stay under the CBT threshold. If they sign Correa or Verlander they will exceed the threshold in order to fill some other hole. They will mix and match with the CBT in mind; best guess is they sign Verlander and trade for a shortstop.

  5. People need to let it go. Correa would be a huge asset to the Dodgers at SS. I guarantee you won’t be thinking of 2017 if Correa and the Dodgers are hoisting a World Series trophy in 2023.

  6. This article should not exist. Correa should’ve been banned from MLB for life, along with everyone else who cheated.

  7. He should’ve been banned from MLB for life, along with everyone else who cheated.

  8. He should’ve been banned from MLB for life, along with everyone else that cheated.

  9. Oh how I wish we could put an end to this Correa crap. We don’t want him. How could they ever justify having one of the prime cheaters on that Astros team in that clubhouse? Please Dodgers don’t do it!

  10. Wait! Would Correa even want to play for LA? He’d get booed for sure, some of our players might have an attitude against him, maybe he doesn’t want to be on the west coast.
    Would LA want him? Highly doubtful. So come on! why write these stories that have the least amount of credibility?

  11. for all the drama queen rhedoric about C.C. so i guess ace pitcher verlander is out as well? wasn’t he an astro player at the time of the cheating scandal? what we have is a bunch of dodger liberal pin heads. smh… liberalism is mental disorder…

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