For those who were hoping that Carlos Correa was going to sign before the 11:59PM deadline before the lockout, this is not the news you wanted.
It looks like the 27-year-old shortstop will wait until the lockout ends before signing his next deal.
So what does this all tell you?
First, he’s not taking the Astros five-year, $160 million offer they gave him after the season ended. If he were, he’d have signed it and moved along. But he’s not signing it. So he’s likely played his last game as a member of the Astros.
More importantly, Correa is waiting for the big guns. Maybe the Boston Red Sox, although would they move Xander Bogaerts over to second base? Maybe the Philadelphia Phillies, who could move Didi Gregorius. What about the Seattle Mariners, who are willing to spend money this winter.
But, and look at Heyman’s messages to consider this, what about the New York Yankees?
If Alex Rodriguez is giving him advice, he could be swaying him to come to the Yankees, especially now that his relationship with them is much better than it was years ago.
Like A-Rod, Correa is a shortstop and who knows, maybe he turns to third base. He’s at an age where he can make the switch, or could do so in the future, especially if Anthony Volpe is looked at as the real deal.
But for right now, Correa is the sole prize of the free agent market. And it sure sounds like he’s willing to wait on the offers from the big guns.
But most of all, it sure sounds like Correa is waiting on the Yankees to get in the mix.
With Corey Seager going to the Texas Rangers and Javier Baez going to the Detroit Tigers, the stars have aligned for a Correa to the Yankees marriage.
Maybe all the Yankees need, like Andy Pettitte did for Gerrit Cole, is to get A-Rod to sell Correa on being the next great Yankees infielder.