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LA Angels: 2 disadvantages, 1 advantage to signing Carlos Correa

Aug 24, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (44) and shortstop Carlos Correa (1) and second baseman Jose Altuve (27) celebrate after the Astros defeated the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 24, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (44) and shortstop Carlos Correa (1) and second baseman Jose Altuve (27) celebrate after the Astros defeated the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Aug 24, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) hits a single against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 24, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) hits a single against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Angels are in an interesting spot when it comes to shortstop as we get closer to the offseason.

They could re-sign Jose Iglesias, or go after another shortstop in free agency or perhaps through the trade market. Remember, we have money. Arte Moreno is worth $3.6 billion, and we have some flexibility with how we approach this offseason.

Carlos Correa, who has been speculated to be on the outs with the Astros for a while now, has made it official. He won’t be back with Houston next year. There are two sides to the idea of acquiring him in the offseason.

No. 1 disadvantage for the LA Angels to sign Carlos Correa: He’s a cheater

Carlos Correa isn’t a high-character guy. Not only did he get hit with the biggest cheating scandal in sports history, but he was about as unapologetic as possible about it.

He famously cheated in the trash can sign stealing scandal, and then famously told Cody Bellinger to “shut the (expletive) up” when he simply acknowledged that the Astros weren’t the rightful owners of the World Series trophy.

There have been players from the Astros and Red Sox teams that cheated and went on to different teams without any clubhouse issues (Mookie Betts comes to mind), but Correa has handled the whole situation very poorly. I wouldn’t be surprised if he handled it very poorly when joining a different AL West clubhouse. He hasn’t earned the benefit of the doubt.

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