Prior to Major League Baseball imposing a lockout, the New York Yankees were in the mix for free agent shortstop Carlos Correa, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported. Heyman mentioned that Correa was second on the team’s wish list with now Texas Ranger Corey Seager up for grabs.
Seager, who is slated for a $325 million check over the next 10 years, was below the asking price of Correa before the lockout. With teams out of communication with major-league free agents, Correa’s latest number is not as known throughout national reports.
With the addition of Scott Boras to Correa’s negotiations, the two-time All-Star’s chances of returning to the Houston Astros are a two-way street with many fans speculating it is beneficial to their hometown team.
Boras recently helped negotiate Lance McCullers Jr.’s extension and has worked on Jose Altuve’s in the past, while he now represents Alex Bregman, too. This hinting to the possibility that Boras could help negotiate a deal for Correa to re-sign in Houston.
The other side of the street is less populated with those speculating that Boras can assist Correa in landing the highest free agent contract of this period. While both are fan speculations, Correa has expressed his interest in returning to Houston under a contract that he sees fitting of his contributions.
With the ongoing lockout, Heyman names 10 teams that could be in the hunt for Correa once negotiations can resume.
Heyman called the likelihood of Correa landing in New York as “unclear,” as Seager was the team’s first choice. With Correa seeking a higher contract than what Seager received from the Rangers, there are teams that could be potential fits, following the lockout.
Those teams are the Atlante Braves, the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Angels, the Astros, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Detroit Tigers, the San Francisco Giants, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox.
A few of these teams already have All-Star caliber shortstops including the Red Sox, who Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic believes is a bad fit, the Giants, the Blue Jays and the Dodgers.
But with Correa’s defensive prowess, the 27-year-old can play third base or see a current shortstop move to second base.
Correa, his wife and Boras were spotted at Bludorn on Saturday night, a source tells Climbing Tal’s Hill. They could have been speaking on Correa’s future, but for now, we have no other information.