Two of the biggest storylines to follow this week in MLB involve two superstars.
One, Carlos Correa, agreed to a mega deal with the New York Mets around Christmas but the deal is paused due to some concerns with his physical.
The other one, Trevor Bauer, is waiting to learn his fate as the Los Angeles Dodgers, his team, has to decide whether to keep him or release him after his involvement in a sexual assault case.
Former general manager and current MLB insider for The Athletic Jim Bowden provided updates on both fronts on Friday.
“The #Dodgers are expected to release Trevor Bauer today and the #Twins are still a factor in the Carlos Correa sweepstakes according to sources,” he tweeted.
— Jim Bowden⚾️🏈 (@JimBowdenGM) January 6, 2023
Woof, what a way to break some news in just one tweet.
Although criminal charges against Bauer were dropped, he still broke MLB rules and was suspended for it.
For the Dodgers, keeping him on the team would have probably been a PR nightmare, so they are reportedly moving on without him even though he is a very good pitcher and they need him in their rotation.
If Bowden’s report is true, he will be another team’s problem.
As for Correa, it’s looking increasingly likely that the terms of his contract will be vastly different than the ones he originally agreed to with the Mets.
He probably isn’t getting $300+ million when two teams had concerns with his physical.
The Minnesota Twins, the team he played for in 2022, are still in on him and may have a golden opportunity to strike, at the very least, with another short-term deal.