With the New York Mets-Carlos Correa deal remaining in limbo due to concerns about the All-Star’s ankle, it’s created an annoying discussion among Yankees Twitter. Some fans are hoping Hal Steinbrenner swoops in and brings Correa to the Bronx … because how could anyone be satisfied with the team’s offseason moves thus far? Not enough! Need more!
For all the whining some Yankees fans do while crafting unrealistic requests, nobody can top the delusion among Boston Red Sox fans — or Boston/New England fans in general — who are arguably the most pompous and self-involved bunch the sports world has to offer.
Look no further than Bruins fans chanting “Yankees Suck!” at a road game against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. Look no further than Red Sox fans linking arms with Mets fans during a meaningless regular season game to do the same. Look no further than half the fanbase trying to justify the Mookie Betts trade by twisting their brain into a pretzel before they realized nearly three years later how bad of a decision it was.
And, most recently, look no further than Red Sox fans thinking the door is open for them to sign Correa to a contract the fraction of the size the Mets offered him simply because the talks with New York are trending downward.
Cue the ridiculousness! These are akin to coming up with your favorite trash trade packages for All-Star players you want on your team.
Red Sox fans have reached new delusional heights with Carlos Correa talk
Now, let me tell you, some Yankees fans are saying the same. And it’s embarrassing. But such talk is not coming from the most influential corner of Yankees Twitter/media. It’s been reserved for lower level peons of sports talk.
Red Sox Nation, though? Front and center! LockedOn Red Sox. Jared Carrabis. Hell, even beat writer Chris Cotillo mentioned the possibility in a recent column! Of course Correa “makes sense” for the Red Sox. He “makes sense” for almost every team out there in need of a shortstop or a third baseman … or just a really good baseball player. There’s no particularly unique link here outside of his previous connection with manager Alex Cora, which clearly hasn’t played a big enough role in the slugger’s decision making.
The Red Sox wouldn’t pay $365 million for Mookie Betts. They wouldn’t pay $280 million for Xander Bogaerts. They somehow ended up convincing Rafael Devers to take an 11-year deal despite the fact he’s just 26 years old.
So on what planet is Correa lessening his demands after getting TWO offers north of $310 million this offseason? And what makes the Red Sox such an appealing destination for him to take a short-term deal that would hardly be a risk for Boston?
Even though there have been many conflicting reports about the Mets-Correa situation, it still seems as if New York has the inside track to get the deal done. The Giants backed off and clearly weren’t willing to move forward with a similar offer. Minnesota, who had a $285 million offer on the table earlier in the offseason, knows Correa’s medicals as well as anyone. Nobody is going to out-bid Steve Cohen. The Red Sox certainly won’t. When’s the last time they out-bid anybody?
Ah, yes, when they overpaid for Trevor Story last offseason. Sorry, it actually wasn’t that long ago!
But hey, maybe this is Boston’s retribution move to repair the relationship with the fanbase after the Betts and Bogaerts decisions. It remains “possible,” but it’s certainly not likely.
And it’s sure as hell not as likely as Red Sox Twitter/media are making it out to be.