So, this topic is sure to ruffle
some many feathers. With the offseason upon us and the Dodgers expected to make a splash this winter with so many of their own free agents on the open market, there’s a wonder in what direction the front office will go. The popular route is to go with what got you there and essentially “run it back” with the players that have been on the roster for years.
However, the idea of changing things up has also been floated around
With that in mind, some fans have discussed the almost unthinkable online since the Dodgers were eliminated in the NLCS. In fact, a couple of weeks back, also the Blue Heaven Podcast asked the question…
Correa to the Dodgers? It could happen.https://t.co/5iM99aC51K
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) October 26, 2021
In many ways, Carlos Correa would be THE most controversial signing the Dodgers could ever make, and that includes last offseason’s controversial signing. Let’s take a look at some facts regarding Carlos Correa to see if the Dodgers should sign the free agent shortstop.
Correa Is A Very Good Player
In 2021 Carlos Correa slashed .279/.366/.485 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with a bWAR of 7.3. Defensively, he was excellent as FanGraphs rates him as the 5th best shortstop in baseball with a minimum of 300 innings at the position. In contrast, Trea Turner ranked 14th, Corey Seager 35th, and Gavin Lux was 37th. As we all know the Dodgers are in danger of losing Corey Seager to free agency and his bat will be hard to replace. Correa comes up just a bit short of Seager’s offense but his defense would be a huge upgrade.
Last season the Mets traded for Francisco Lindor and promptly signed him to a 12 year/$341 million contract. Lindor then went out and slashed .230/.322/.412. Lindor and Correa are similar in age and experience as they were both chosen in the first round of the 2011 draft. Notably, the competition for Correa as the top player in the 2022 free agent class is our own Corey Seager. Seager has better offensive numbers at .306/.394/.521 but the defense is far behind Correa’s.
This offer from the Astros won’t do it. I see at least 7-8 years at $250M for Correa.
MLB sources: The @astros have offered free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa a five-year contract worth $160 million, averaging $32 million a year.
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) November 6, 2021
It is not impossible that Seager ends up signing to play another position. Both players have a history of missing significant portions of the season but I expect them to get similar and very expensive contracts. Two other shortstops that are free agents are Javy Baez (.265/.319/.494) and Trevor Story (.251/.329/.471) but I expect them to be lower-tiered than Seager and Correa.
The 2017 Cheating Scandal
As if you need a reminder, the Astros probably stole the 2017 World Series from the Dodgers. ESPN has a great wrap-up on the cheating scandal and I’m not going to go into it again. However, Carlos Correa put himself right into the middle of the scandal’s aftermath.
Do the Dodgers want this on their team?
Or the guy that thinks he is a victim when he was one of the cheaters?
Carlos Correa, with his mouth and actions, made himself the number one villain of the cheating scandal.
Let’s see what some of you think?
— Kimberly (@kimbacandy) October 26, 2021
Truth is, if it happened, we would hate it until he delivered on the field, then no one would care. Only way Correa redeems himself.
— Travelosaurus (@thatravelwriter) October 26, 2021
— Dan (@GrandpaKersh) October 26, 2021
That would be a HUGE mistake, @Dodgers! Really huge! No unrepentant cheaters in Dodger blue! Hot on the heels of signing Bauer? Absolutely not!
— Clyle Alt (@clylealt) October 26, 2021
No even if it guaranteed a chip..NOOO
— Trade the Picks (@krisjhernandez) October 26, 2021
Why stop there? Might as well sign Gurriel and Bregman along with Alex Cora as the new manager. pic.twitter.com/mOb9vLKnH3
— Coooop10 (@victorioerwin51) October 26, 2021
Dang he’s good but I can’t say I’d support this. I won’t say I wouldn’t. I don’t know.
— Bobby (@AFCOP13) October 26, 2021
I’d take him great fielder and his bat is insane and he is great in the postseason every year
— Jordan Ritter (@JRITTER23) October 26, 2021
In an unscientific study, most fans who responded did not want Correa.
Just like many of the fans that are against the Dodgers signing Carlos Correa, I strongly agree with them. My preference is for the Dodgers to make Corey Seager the third baseman and sign him to the contract that keeps him with the Dodgers. Trea Turner can slide over to shortstop and the Dodgers can throw Gavin Lux into completion to play second base.
Last offseason the Dodgers’ signing of a player with questionable character totally backfired. It is unclear if that player ever really fit into the clubhouse before he was caught in a horrific scandal. Now, would someone like Correa fit into the clubhouse? Would he be someone that fans would want on the team? No doubt, he is a real good player but there is no way I see the Dodgers going out and trying to sign him. Just keep Corey Seager and work from there.