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Free Agent Notes: Correa, Braves, Story, Tigers, Cueto

the brave were somewhat surprisingly related to Carlos Correa before the lockout, and both sides recommitted to some degree before Correa signed with the Twins, although Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Atlanta did not make an offer to Correa. Braves as he assessed the market for his client, and Rosenthal writes that Boras “floated” the same three-year, $105.3 million contract with two opt-outs that Correa eventually signed with Minnesota.

While nothing came of those negotiations, Rosenthal wonders if Correa (assuming he retires) could be a target for the Braves next winter as a starting shortstop. Dansby Swanson will be a free agent. Signing Correa to a long-term deal would surely require Atlanta general manager Alex Anthopoulos to make his biggest outlay yet, though the Braves will have quite a bit of money to come off the books under. the Swanson form, Kenley Jansenand according to club options, charlie morton and Will Smith.

More from the league…

  • the giants and Astros were the other finalists for Trevor’s Storyservices, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Expanding San Francisco’s interest, NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic writes that the Giants “did recruit him a little”, even if “some of them have always felt [Story] headed for Boston. Among other suitors, Athletic’s Dan Hayes writes that the Twins discussed several contract scenarios with Story, but the team’s preference seemed to be an expensive but shorter-term contract, such as Minnesota’s eventual three-year, $105.3 million deal with Carlos Correa.
  • the tigers were known to watch all the ‘big six’ free agent shortstops and signed Javier Baez to a six-year, $140 million contract before the lockout. Not much was known about the Tigers’ negotiations with Story, although Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reported that “Story was not interested in the contract offered by the Tigers.” It’s an interesting wrinkle considering Story also got six years and $140 million from the Red Sox, though Baez’s salary is a bit delayed and he could opt out of the deal after the 2023 season. Story’s deal also has an opt-out decision but not until the 2025 season, and the Sox can override Story’s opt-out by exercising a club option for a seventh year.
  • In other tigers news, Al Avila’s general manager told Petzold and other reporters that the club was “ended” their main off-season purchases after signing Michael Pineda Detroit has had one of the most aggressive and active winters of any club, and Avila and its front office have also explored many other options in addition to the players they acquired through trades and deals. free agent. contract, for example, the Tigers looked at several other available veterans who ended up signing elsewhere, and Petzold adds that Detroit also considered Johnny CuetoLast month, MLBTR’s Steve Adams delved into Cueto’s free agent case, arguing that the 36-year-old is still a pretty decent option for teams looking for relatively inexpensive rotational depth.


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