The second coming of the 2021-22 MLB free agency has left a few surprises for fans, media, and even teams.
The Colorado Rockies signed Kris Bryant to a $182 million contract, Freddie Freeman won’t wear the Atlanta Braves’ uniform, and the Cincinnati Reds are apparently pursuing Nick Castellanos after trading nearly their whole team, so anything is possible.
It’s a thing, apparently.
“It appears the Orioles may have an offer on the table to Carlos Correa. 10 years / $300 million,” MLB analyst Ben Verlander tweeted, with a surprised emoji.
It appears the Orioles may have an offer on the table to Carlos Correa.
10 years / $300 million 😳 https://t.co/VtJiTD7onY
— Ben Verlander (@BenVerlander) March 16, 2022
Verlander quoted MLB writer Raul Ramos’ tweet with some details of the alleged offer.
A Really Competitive Offer
It would be a 10-year, $300 million commitment, which is actually incredible coming from the Orioles.
If the rumor is true, it would be one of the most competitive offers the shortstop has received to this point, if not the best.
It would obviously make him the highest-paid player in Baltimore and would mean he would be the star of their new project, with more focus on the international player market, and some additional building blocks for the future in catcher Adley Rutschman, center fielder Cedric Mullins, and pitchers Grayson Rodriguez and DL Hall.
If he takes that offer, however, Correa has to know that the Orioles will probably not seriously compete for a spot in the playoffs for, at least, the first three or four years of that contract.
Correa, 27, hit .279/.366/.485 in 2021, with 26 home runs, 104 runs scored, and 92 RBI for the Houston Astros.
He was extremely solid with the glove, too, winning the Platinum and Gold Glove awards.
Would he be willing to consider Baltimore as his new destination?
Only time will tell.