Top 20 free agents & where they’ll sign part 1
By Neil Raymond
3. Carlos Correa, SS
10 years/$320 million with the Chicago Cubs
There is a case to be made that Carlos Correa is actually better than Trea Turner, but either way both are elite shortstops who will command historically high contracts. The big difference between the two is that Turner is better offensively and is older, while Correa is better defensively and is younger.
Correa batted .291/.366/.467 with 22 home runs in 522 AB in 136 games. He was also worth 5.4 WAR. Correa actually outperformed Trea Turner in WAR and should be pursued by the same teams as him.
The Minnesota Twins management has highly rated Correa’s defense and his part in team chemistry. It seems that they see him as a clubhouse leader and want him back. That said, they never gave out a contract of such magnitude before and I suspect that they won’t this time.
The San Francisco Giants are contenders for his services, but if they sign Aaron Judge then I don’t see them signing two players for over $600 million. Philly are leading contenders, but again I see a different “big 4” SS signing with them. The Boston Red Sox would make sense, but they don’t seem to want to spend much money.
The Baltimore Orioles might think that signing him would help them become contenders faster, but it’s too big of a contract to predict them to give out at the moment. The Chicago Cubs on the other hand have been linked to Correa and supposedly “love him”. Considering that they’re a big market team and the fanbase is getting impatient about their low spending, they may go ahead and sign him.