A Yankees podcast account tweeted a video showing Correa seeming to accept that he will be playing elsewhere in 2022, but the Yankees aren’t the only team that will be in contention.
The LA Angels have a lot of money to spend this offseason, and with a strong supply of pitching options in free agency, they may be able to fix their staff for cheaper than some may think. That could leave some money left over for a shortstop, which is another major position of need for this ballclub.
Carlos Correa is an intriguing fit for the LA Angels.
He’s a two-time All-Star, a good defensive player, and has hit a solid .277/.356/.481 (.837 OPS) in his seven-year career. Of course, he benefitted from the biggest cheating scandal in sports history, but did have one of the best years of his career this season after having the worst season of his career in 2020, when he couldn’t cheat anymore.
In 2021, he got back on track, making his second All-Star team and scoring 104 runs. In the postseason, he scored another 10 runs in 16 games.
Correa will likely be expensive, and unfortunately the Yankees, who are arguably the top contender, are one of few teams who can outspend the Halos this offseason.
Also, pitching is definitely more important than shortstop for this club, so perhaps the Halos will go with someone who may be a bit cheaper. After all, there are many other good candidates to fill the shortstop need over here in Anaheim.
Regardless, Correa is a polarizing figure these days due to his cheating past, and his lack of accountability for the scandal. That being said, whether Angels fans/players like it or not, Perry Minasian is likely thinking about bringing him over here due to the Angels having a need at the position.