The MLB Lockout has enters its second week, with no movement from either side. Still, rumors seem to abound about what players teams could be interested in when negotiations can resume.
On the surface, signing Correa could be seen as a great move by this front office, if they don’t end up negotiating an extension with TTurner.
Correa has consistently been one of the top shortstops in the majors since his arrival in the league in 2015. He has a 34.1 lifetime WAR, with a 7.2 WAR in 2021 alone. He also was a Gold Glove in 2021, which would be an upgrade from Segwer’s defense. Like Seager, he was the 2015 Rookie of the Year and is a two-time All-Star.
But. There is quite the history with Correa and the Dodgers that might be hard to overcome. Most fans, and all Dodger fans, know the story of the 2017 World Series where Correa’s Houston Astros cheated and used technology to steal signs that ultimately propelled them past the Dodgers to win that World Series.
Afterwards, Correa and most of the team stayed unrepentant, even when more information came to light. In 2017, Correa and Cody Bellinger had some war of words in the press.
“I mean these guys were cheating for three years. I think what people don’t realize is Altuve stole an MVP from [Aaron] Judge in ’17. Everyone knows they stole the ring from us.” Bellinger told reporters in 2020.
Correa then responded to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, saying
Cody, you don’t know the facts. Nobody wants to talk about this, but I’m going to talk about this. Jose Altuve was the one guy that didn’t use the trash can. …
“(Bellinger) said that they all lost respect for us. But that’s not how life works. …”But like I said before, what doesn’t sit well with me is when you say false statements. If you don’t know the facts. If you’re not informed. This is America. You can say whatever you want. But Cody Bellinger’s job is to look for information. Get informed. Know the facts, for sure, before he stands in front of cameras to talk about other players. You should get informed. You should be informed before you talk about other players. If you don’t know the facts, then you’ve got to shut the f–k up.”
Bellinger responded by saying, “It’s the first time we’ve heard some facts and some aspects of what happened. So that’d be nice to get some facts out there. I get it. He was just validating his boy, I didn’t take any offense to it. I have no reaction to it. It just doesn’t change what I thought at all.”
Bellinger is not the only one who took umbrage with the way that World Series went down. Dodger fans will remember the showdown between Joe Kelly and Correa the first time the Dodgers played the Astros after the details of the cheating scandal came out. There was a bases clearing incident, with both sides chirping at the other.
Trevor Bauer also has been outspoken about the Astros’ cheating, wearing multiple shirts calling the Astros cheating, even going so far as wearing cleats with trash cans on them.
Whether Bauer will be back with the team remains to be seen; however there are multiple players on the Dodgers who will still be there from that 217 team, and likely they haven’t forgotten.
It’s unclear how much players would accept another player who has cheated to win a World Series against you now playing with you on that same team. None of the players involved have yet to play on a team that was directly affected by their cheating.
Jon Heyman said on his podcast that the Astros and the Dodgers are the front runner to sign Correa. However, Correa’s team could just be putting the Dodgers name out there for reasons, as agents are wont to do.
President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman hopefully has learned his lesson with the controversial signing of Bauer last season. Signing someone long term with the history that Correa has against the Dodgers doesn’t seem that prudent even if it does make some purely baseball sense. Time will tell, and in the meantime rumors will continue to fly.