1. Carlos Correa
Simply…………what if it happened?
There’s a good chance that adding Correa, a legitimate superstar with swagger, poise and loyalty, will be the most effective move anybody makes this offseason. Right now, the list of his sense-making suitors is … strange.
Maybe AJ Hinch and the Tigers make a massive leap and choose to reunite manager with pupil? The St. Louis Cardinals, with a roster good enough to be 4.5 games out of a playoff spot at any given time, are reportedly lurking, which is extremely boring. Looking at this motley crew, it’s hard to examine the situation and not mentally insert the Yankees into the conversation.
As despised as Correa is in the Bronx, you’re looking at a six-WAR player who’s 27 years old, entering his prime, and plays a mean and inspired shortstop. By signing him, you’d be definitively declaring the position filled for the next eight years, but Correa’s far less of a risk than swing-and-miss Story or Corey Seager, who might just be a third baseman by the end of Year 2.
Sure, Anthony Volpe, Oswald Peraza, Trey Sweeney, and Roderick Arias all seem like impressive young pups. Correa’s primed to be the leader of the next generation of shortstops for at least four or five more years, though, and he eats the big stage up every time he gets a chance to perform upon it.
It might take a gulp or two for Yankee fans to accept an about-face like this, but Correa’s easily the available rival most worth taking the plunge for.