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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 23, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; (Editors Notes: Caption Correction) Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) hits a single against the Kansas City Royals during the fourth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 23, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; (Editors Notes: Caption Correction) Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) hits a single against the Kansas City Royals during the fourth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 disadvantage for the LA Angels to sign Carlos Correa: Overrated offense

If the LA Angels signed Carlos Correa, they’d be signing a very overrated hitter.

Let me lay out his stats from 2017 to 2019 (the years where he knew what pitches were coming at the plate): A line of .278/.357/.502 with 60 home runs and 208 RBI in 294 games.

Well, a .278 batting average isn’t bad (especially for a shortstop), and that’s a solid on-base percentage and slugging percentage, but is it really? He knew what pitches were coming and still couldn’t hit above .280 and had an OPS under .900. Not to mention, an average of 20 home runs and about 69 RBI per season really is pretty discouraging when you know what pitches are coming.

In these past two years, without cheating, he of course has continued to really not be very impressive. He’s been hitting .273/.357/.449 in these last two seasons with 24 home runs and 193 RBI in 174 games. That’s very far from elite offensive production.

People talk about this guy like he’s a superstar in this league, and he’s realistically not. Iglesias has almost the same amount of All-Star selections as Correa since Correa came into the league. And again, that’s with three years of knowing what pitches are going to be thrown to him.

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The Angels have a need at shortstop, but I really wouldn’t bother signing Correa.

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