The Los Angeles Dodgers saw several key contributors reach free agency the morning after the World Series concluded, with the group including Corey Seager. He is a co-headliner of a star-studded shortstop class that includes Carlos Correa, Javier Baez and Trevor Story.
Seager stands out from the group as he is the only one who bats left-handed. There is a growing belief that he will sign before the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) expires on Dec. 1, with the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers among the teams showing interest.
If Seager departs for another club, the Dodgers already have a natural replacement on the roster in Trea Turner. The 28-year-old almost exclusively played shortstop for the Washington Nationals before switching to second base when he was acquired by L.A. at the MLB trade deadline.
The Dodgers also hypothetically could pivot to one of the other top free-agent shortstops if Seager signs elsewhere. Correa arguably is the next best option, but the current roster and fanbase may find it difficult to accept him due to his role in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.
During a recent appearance on “Mason and Ireland” on ESPN L.A. Radio, L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke relayed there are some in the Dodgers organization who aren’t completely against the idea of signing Correa:
“I’ve heard some people in the organization are not totally down on it or think it’s an interesting idea.”
While there’s no denying Correa’s talent, his potential fit in the Dodgers clubhouse would be curious at best. It was only a year ago in which he and Joe Kelly exchanged words, which led to benches clearing.
Kelly later revealed that Correa spat toward the Dodgers dugout during the altercation. Before that, the star shortstop criticized Cody Bellinger for questioning the authenticity of Jose Altuve’s 2017 American League MVP Award.
Correa would add to Dodgers history
If the Dodgers do wind up signing Correa, it wouldn’t be the first time they added a player from one of their rivals. Seven players of the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies team that eliminated L.A. in the National League Championship Series went on to join the organization at some point.
Other examples include the Dodgers signing AJ Pollock away from the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Brian Wilson and Sergio Romo from the San Francisco Giants.
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