Could Carlos Correa Be The Next Great Baltimore Oriole?

January 7, 2022

Major League Baseball is currently in a work stoppage. This current stoppage has put a halt to some key free agents signing major deals. Atop the list of remaining free agents is former Houston Astro Carlos Correa. Correa is arguably the best shortstop in Major League Baseball. Furthermore, Carlos is entering the prime of his career.

At 27 years of age, his best baseball is still ahead of him. Correa instantly makes any baseball team better. His defensive presence and his feared bat atop the lineup would be well worth every penny spent on his acquisition.

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The current lockout has put a damper on what is usually a fast-paced, rumor-filled time of the year for the MLB. Correa has certainly had suitors for his services. It was reported that his camp turned down a ten-year offer in the $275 Million range. For a player with the stats and potential of Carlos Correa, $27.5 million annually seems like a fair bargain. One team above all has a need for Carlos Correa. The Baltimore Orioles; hear me out:

Why Baltimore?!

The Baltimore Orioles are flat-out terrible. Let’s get that out of the way. The product has been terrible. The Baltimore Orioles organization has trotted out a subpar roster for the better part of the last few years. Half of the starting lineup barely cracked the Mendoza line. What makes the Orioles the destination for Carlos Correa? The bevy of players is ready to make the significant league jump from the minors.

The farm system of the Baltimore Orioles is the cream of the crop in the MLB. Led by Adley Rutschman and DL Hall, the Baby Birds are primed for the major league roster. There are pieces to build around on the Orioles’ current roster. Trey Mancini, Cedric Mullins, Ryan Mountcastle, and John Means present a solid base to build upon.

Top prospect Adley Rutschman is major league ready. DL Hall, Grayson Rodriguez, Heston Kjerstad, Gunnar Henderson, Colton Cowser, and Jordan Westburg wait in the wings amongst other prospects.

The potential mix of present-day building blocks and the pro-ready prospects makes for a perfect storm opportunity to land Carlos Correa. While the Baltimore Orioles have churned out 100 loss seasons, landing Correa isn’t as outlandish as it may sound. The organization has a link to Correa that cannot be ignored.

Mike Elias

Baltimore Orioles Executive Vice President/General Manager Mike Elias is the key to the potential acquisition. When the Houston Astros made Correa the top pick of the 2012 MLB Draft, Mike Elias was in the Houston scouting department. Elias is currently in the position to bring one of his baseball prodigies to his current organization, the Baltimore Orioles. Carlos is most certainly seeking top-of-the-line money while finding his home for the next decade. The Baltimore Orioles have the means to make Correa a very wealthy man while surrounding him with youthful talent in his prime.

Mike Elias should fly Carlos Correa to Charm City and slide a blank check over to his agent. The Orioles Magic that could be created is too tempting to pass up. Carlos Correa would get to play 81 home games in the greatest ballpark in the majors, Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The short porch in left field and humid summertime air would present the opportunity for a yearly 30-plus home run season.

The possibility of seeing Cedric Mullins, Carlos Correa, and Trey Mancini batting 1-2-3 is mouthwatering. Seeing Correa turn double plays with Gunnar Henderson or Jahmai Jones for a decade would be reminiscent of the JJ Hardy/Brian Roberts era of Orioles baseball.

Correa would bring a resounding buzz back to the city of Baltimore and provide star power to fill the seats of Camden Yards for years to come. The excuse of lack of funding should not sway the Angelos family from making this deal. Carlos Correa would save the Baltimore Orioles.

What Would It Take?

A lot of cash. Mike Elias would certainly have to shell out a contract in the ten-year range. As a result of the reported rejection, the overall total would exceed $330 Million. This would need to be done to entice Correa to put pen to paper, making Baltimore his home into the 2030s. Now is not the time for the Angelos family to pinch pennies.

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