MLB players can’t sign during the lockout, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get ready for when free agent resumes. Free agent shortstop Carlos Correa has reportedly hired Scott Boras to represent him moving forward.
Boras is a titan in the baseball industry. Boras Corporation has routinely negotiated the biggest contracts in baseball. The super agent was the driving force behind former Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager’s ten-year, $325M deal with the Texas Rangers.
Boras also negotiated the mega-contracts of Gerrit Cole ($324M/9yrs), Bryce Harper ($330M/13yrs), Anthony Rendon ($245M/7yrs), and Stephen Strasberg ($245M/7yrs).
All of this adds up to Correa hunting for the biggest deal possible once the free agency floodgates open.
Correa hiring Boras could have an affect on the Dodgers interest in the former Houston Asterisk. MLB expert Ken Rosenthal stated earlier this week that the Dodgers could throw their hat into the Correa sweepstakes.
“Who knows, they could even get involved in (Carlos) Correa. They’ll have money to burn.”
To put it lightly, Correa is not exactly well regarded by Dodgers players and fans alike after his profanity riddled response to the Dodgers ripping the Houston players for their role in the Asterisk’s sign stealing scandal.
Inserting Correa into the Dodgers clubhouse is an interesting proposition. A Dr. Phil mediation session might be a must.
On the field, Correa has been one of the best shortstops since his MLB debut in 2015. He ranks third in wRC+ (128), second in RBI (489), and sixth in OPS (.836). Correa also leads all qualified shortstops in defensive runs saved (DRS) during that time with 20.
One would also assume that the Dodgers current All-Star shortstop, Trea Turner, would also need to be on board with bringing in Correa. Adding Correa would spell a return to second base for Turner.
If the Dodgers want him, it’s not going to be cheap.
Carlos Correa’s position before the lockout (or agent switch) was that he wanted $330M to $350M. But $330M was the clear minimum ask. Will still be interesting to see if he can beat Corey Seager’s $325M deal.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 19, 2022
Say what you want about Boras, but he always secures the bag for his clients.