Francisco Lindor is not the only shortstop heading into the final year of his contract. Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros is one of a handful of premier players doing so, and that’s just at that position. With that being so, some of these guys might be on the move before they even hit Free Agency.
Correa is another one of those players that just about every team would want, given the opportunity. He’s coming off of a decent year with a .264/.326/.383/.709 slash line with nine doubles and five home runs while driving in 25 RBI’s.
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A huge problem with Correa last season was his defensive abilities at the premier position. While he had a good year in the batters box, he ranked in the bottom 36th percentile in OAA. However, in 2019 his OAA was +9(h/t to Corné Hogeveen), take with that what you will.
The shortstop won’t be cheap, since he averages 29 home runs and 106 RBI’s per 162 games. The Astros may not be in a rush to trade him either, especially if they aren’t blow away by an offer. With Jeremy Pena set to take over in 2022, Houston could easily wait out Correa’s contract, however they’ll probably want to add a few more prospects.
Through BaseballTradeValues.com, I was able to simulate a trade in which the Mets were able to acquire Carlos Correa for prospects Mark Vientos and JT Ginn. Correa would join an already stacked lineup while the Astros stockpile prospects.
Correa will also be a cheaper option next to Francisco Lindor, but that’s because Lindor is about to break the bank. And while Correa will be the cheaper option here, he’s also going to be the riskier one as he ages. So while he is a trade option, it isn’t one that I’d pursue.
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