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Phillies Free Agency: The Case of Carlos Correa

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philly is no stranger to making headlines in free agency. Two wins shy of winning the World Series, it probably won’t be a quiet winter in Philadelphia.

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The middle area is the only one that does not need to be promoted, and it happens to be a rich market in the short stage. Bryson Stott has proven he can be an everyday player, but he might move to second base.

This week, CBS Philadelphia is smashing the shortstop market and making a case for the big names. We’ve looked at Xander BogaertsAnd the Dansby Swanson And the Tria Turner.

The Carlos Correa case

age: 28
Bats/Throws: p / p
Team 2022: Minnesota Twins

Korea withdrew from Three-year contract worth $105 million He signed with the Minnesota Twins. He’s giving free agency another chance after failing to secure the lucrative deal he was seeking last year. This winter might treat him better, though, as it’s another heavy market.

In the most recent season, Correa entered free agency alongside Corey Seager, Javier Paez, Marcus Simien, and Trevor Storey. Seager, Baez, and Seimen all secured long-term deals before the owner-imposed lockout. Correa and Storey waited, and only Storey was awarded a long-term contract.

The 28-year-old surprised the baseball world when He signed with MinnesotaBut it allowed him to bet on himself and try again this winter or in his 30th season.

Correa chose to try again this winter, and here we are.

player

Drafted with the first overall pick in a 2012 first round that produced 18 All-Stars, Correa made his name with the Houston Astros. He hit MLB on June 8, 2015, winning the American League Rookie of the Year by hitting 22 homers and posting 135 OPS+ in 99 games.

Correa quickly established himself as one of the best shortstops in the game. His best season came in 2017, the same year Houston won the World Series since his fouling Sign theft scandal.

In 2017, his third season, Correa made his first All-Star team, was voted AL Player of the Month for May and scored 155 OPS+ in 109 games. 315/.391/.550 with 24 home runs and 177 strikeouts. 288 with five homers and 14 RBIs in the postseason.

Injuries derailed his 2018 season, but Correa posted at least 124 OPS+ in all but two seasons in his career — the 2018 and COVID-19-shortened 2020 season.

In his final season with Houston, Correa hit 26 homers, slashed . 279/. 366/. 485 and scored 104 points. He had 131 OPS+. He also won his first Gold Glove and AL Platinum Glove, which is awarded to the best defenseman in either league.

Correa’s 2022 season may have been under the radar because he was playing in a smaller Minnesota market, but he posted the second highest OPS+ with 140, hitting 0.291/.366/.467 with 22 homers and 64 RBI.

measurement

As Swanson details, the Phillies’ shortstop defense hasn’t been on a level since the days of Jimmy Rollins. Shortstops have cost the Phils 55 times since 2015, according to FanGraphs, and 12 times last season. Correa and Swanson are the best defenders on the market.

Based on FanGraphs’ model, Correa saved three runs last season and was three shortstop of the shortstop average in his first season at Minnesota. The three DRS he made was the fewest saved since his rookie season.

However, the overall sample size paints Correa as a plus-sized defender with an excellent putter to boot.

There is no doubt that Correa fits what the Phillies need at shortstop. He would give the Phils a great bat at shortstop playing excellent defense, but he’d have some injury risks and the 2017 cheating scandal hovering over him.

In the end, it will come down to the contract. Correa is unlikely to settle for another short-term deal with opting out this time. He will want to hit big, but the market will tell the final story.

Correa switched clients before signing in Minnesota in March to an agent familiar to the Phillies: Scott Boras.

Super Agent Boras represents many of the Phillies’ big names, including Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos, and Reese Hoskins. The Phils signed both Harper and Castellanos to free agency. They have a history with Boras.

Minnesota Said to be “definitely motivating” To re-sign Korea, but can the twins compete with major markets? Korea will be looking for a lot of money for a long time.

The CV makes a compelling case. If the price is right, it could be a great deal for the Phillies.

FanGraphs recently signed her to a Korea contract It will be in the order of seven years, $250.8 million.

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