The Los Angeles Dodgers may have to completely redo their shortstop position, as decisions need to be made on how an infield featuring Corey Seager, Trea Turner, and Gavin Lux could potentially work. If the Dodgers want to eschew re-signing one of their own, adding a former Houston Astros star in Carlos Correa has to at least be considered.
As shocking as that may sound, there is a universe in which the Dodgers decide to let Seager get his big deal elsewhere and LA hands Correa a nine-figure contract instead of Turner. For all of the unlikeable things about Correa, he’s a proven elite hitter and above-average defender just entering his prime. Even Bill Plaschke can see Correa’s talent.
Plaschke claimed that the Dodgers should make a move for Correa this offseason if they are unable to retain Seager, citing the idea that Correa’s success in the postseason and Turner’s struggles in this area make him the most natural choice to replace No. 5. As odd as the idea sounds from a chemistry point of view, it works in a vacuum.
However, the issue with Plaschke’s piece is the idea that the Dodgers signing a former villain and member of the hated cheating Astros teams would require the Dodgers front office to toss morals and character to the wind. Did you see the starting pitcher they signed last offseason?
Let’s not act like the Dodgers are above swallowing their pride to add top talent. When you decide to acquire Trevor Bauer, a move that has since blown up in LA’s face, you can’t decide that Correa’s conduct makes him radioactive.
Will the Dodgers sign Carlos Correa?
While the Dodgers had no prior knowledge that Bauer was going to get entangled in a disturbing sexual assault lawsuit, he wasn’t necessarily a model citizen before the contract. Even with a surplus of starting pitching, Los Angeles managed to fork over an ungodly sum of money to sign Bauer.
Signing Correa might be less likely considering the options they have available and what Correa could end up costing, but it would be hypocritical to completely rule him out due to his infractions in Houston.
While the Dodgers aren’t a morally depraved organization, they can’t clutch their pearls when talk of signing Correa comes up after they made Bauer one of the most expensive players ever.
The Bauer move got Los Angeles embroiled in a whole new batch of controversy, and in doing so, it eliminated the use of a player’s behavior in the past as a disqualifying action in free agency.
If you don’t want to sign Correa, there are baseball-centric arguments to be made. To act like bringing him in would ruin the morals of this franchise is asinine.