The Dodgers are in the market for a shortstop and are one of the richest teams in baseball. It might surprise you to learn that the agent for a prominent free-agent shortstop thinks there might be a fit between his client and Los Angeles.
At the GM meetings in Las Vegas on Wednesday, superagent Scott Boras addressed questions about his client Carlos Correa, who famously cheated to steal the 2017 World Series from the Dodgers. As Bill Plunkett reports in the Orange County Register, Boras thinks it’s a non-issue.
“I don’t think anybody cares about something that occurred long ago and is now remedied,” Boras said. “Because their goal is they have to win. And it’s hard to win. You don’t let certain things get in the way in professional sports.
“I can go back and think of a lot of things historically that have occurred. Rivalries – Red Sox players playing for the Yankees, Yankees players playing for the Red Sox, Giants and Dodgers players moving to one another. That is all something that’s common in professional baseball. So I would expect that teams are always going to do what’s best for them that they feel will help them to be competitive.”
Boras is right, at least to an extent. Duke Snider finished his career as a Giant, and Orel Hershiser spent a year in San Francisco near the end of his career, too. Ten years after attacking Dodgers catcher John Roseboro with a bat on the field, Juan Marichal was finishing his career in Dodger blue. At least 200 players have played for both the Dodgers and Giants.
On the other hand, Correa’s situation is somewhat unique. The Dodgers and Giants have a rivalry that is mostly based on baseball. To the extent that the Dodgers and Astros have a rivalry, it started just off the field, in a tunnel to the Houston clubhouse. The Dodgers/Giants rivalry is built on mutual respect; the Dodgers/Astros issue is built on one team’s lack of respect for the game of baseball. And while Boras says the issue is “now remedied,” no players were punished and Houston still flies their illegitimate World Series banner, so no, it’s not extremely remedied, Scott.
Still, in the end, Boras is right that the Dodgers and their fans want a winning team. There is definitely some subset of Dodger fans who would compare signing Correa to selling one’s soul, and some might even stop watching the Dodgers because of that. Maybe that’s enough to keep L.A. from going after Correa.
But in the end, putting together the best team possible might end up being the most important thing.
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