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Shortstop Carlos Correa needs to be paid for real this winter, so it’s no coincidence that he hired Scott Boras to make sure that happens.

Correa is the best remaining free agent in the frozen free agent market (for now). He quit his former agency William Morris Endeavor after its parent company got into the minor league baseball business, potentially costing the agency its MLB certification.

Plus, Boras is the absolute best at getting the best price for their customers.

“I have made the decision to hire Boras Corporation to represent me in the future. Boras Corporation offers the highest level of baseball expertise and proven experience,” Correa said via statement.

Indeed, Boras negotiated one insane contract after another. He helped Our Town’s Max Scherzer cash in as well as Corey Seager, Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon and Gerrit Cole.

Boras also represents the Astros cohorts of Correa, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman.

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Writing for USA Today, Bob Nightengale explains the challenge Boras will face once the lockdown ends and trade resumes:

Correa, the best player on the free agent market, knows he deserves a deal more lucrative than Francisco Lindor’s 10-year, $341 million deal and certainly more than Corey Seager’s $325 million deal.

What if no one gives it to him?

What if the Dodgers thought Trea Turner would be their shortstop, not just in 2022, but in the future?

What if the New York Yankees truly believe that prized shortstop prospects Anthony Volpe or Oswald Peraza are the real deal and aren’t interested in anything more than a replacement for a few years?

What if the Houston Astros don’t walk away from their five-year, $160 million offer to Correa, insisting they won’t pay more than $200 million?

Where is Correa going, and will he have to accept a short-term contract and return to the market?

These are all tough questions for sure, but Boras tends to come up with some really good answers.

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Here’s what people wrote about Our National Pastime:

Nick Selbe, SI.com: “The longer the lockdown lasts, the more speculation will swirl about deep-pocketed Yankees rushing for big-name acquisitions. Star shortstops Carlos Correa and Trevor Story are still on the market, as is first baseman Freddie Freeman, who notably didn’t reach an agreement to re-sign with the Braves before the lockout was frozen. . The Yankees still have cash to spend, and have yet to make any notable acquisitions this offseason. Signing any of the above players would surely quell some growing fanbase frustration after the offseason headlines were dominated by the Mets. If none of those three end up in pinstripes, there are still viable options, including the return of Anthony Rizzo. An exchange could also be in progress. A’s first baseman Matt Olson is the most important target potentially available as Oakland looks to rebuild. The A’s have already let Mark Canha, Starling Marte and Yan Gomes sign elsewhere, while two-time AL Manager of the Year Bob Melvin has left for San Diego. Olson is among the best hitters in the league and would definitely be a boon to the Yankees offense. The starting rotation could also use some extra depth, but it’s a safe bet that whenever teams are able to make moves, New York is among the most active of the group.

Mike Axisa, CBSSports.com: “Last spring, the Dodgers legitimately had more MLB starters than rotation spots. Now they’re a bit lacking in pitching after losing Max Scherzer to free agency. Even the franchise icon re- signed Clayton Kershaw wouldn’t answer team rotation questions given his ongoing forearm issues.Los Angeles isn’t desperate for pitching, but there’s a clear place for another arm here. Intra-division trades are tricky and it’s nearly impossible to figure out what the Rockies are up to at any given time, but in our fantasy world, German Marquez is a perfect fit for the Dodgers I mean, he’s a perfect fit for almost any team. , but especially to the Dodgers given his performance, durability, and affordable contract (due at $42.6 million through 2024, including option years). would be difficult not necessarily to find common ground on a trade. That would convince the Rockies to trade Márquez in general, because they seem to think they will fight in 2022. That’s admirable, more teams should try to win each year, but that’s unrealistic, especially in this division. Convincing Colorado that they’re no good and should trade their best player is more than half the battle.

Alden Gonzalez, ESPN.com: “Six first basemen got nine-figure contracts in their thirties, and the results haven’t necessarily been great. Mega deals for Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols became problems almost immediately. Just like that of Ryan Howard. Bids for Jason Giambi and Carlos Lee started well but fell through in the back halves. Then there’s Paul Goldschmidt, who signed a five-year, $130 million extension with the St. Louis Cardinals in March 2019, a deal that wouldn’t begin until he turned 32 in 2020. He Now is the best, most fitting comparison for Freddie Freeman, the five-time All-Star of World Series champion Atlanta Braves, who surprisingly is still a free agent as Major League Baseball navigates an extended lockout. Goldschmidt produced like an elite first baseman in the first two years of his contract, boasting an .881 OPS while providing excellent defense, and there were no real signs of a decline. spectacular. These things tend to happen quickly, suddenly. But the general reluctance to splurge on first basemen in recent years doesn’t apply as strongly to Freeman, a naturally gifted hitter and top defenseman who isn’t looking for a deal to carry him to the end. 30s or early 40s. . The sticking point for Freeman, who turned 32 in September, appears to revolve around a guaranteed sixth year, which would mean being paid among the highest in his position until his 37-year-old season. Will he deserve that kind of money then? Probably not. But teams know this when they break the bank for star players; the hope is to receive enough elite production in the front to justify the decrease in value in the rear.

“I don’t think confusion is the right term, but I feel like I’m lost in space that this happened to me, an honor like this. It’s something I don’t ever dreamed. Dreaming of being on a world championship team, dreaming of being a batting champion or an MVP. The idea of ​​having a retired number, I can say you never dreamed of. ever crossed your mind growing up.

Former first baseman Keith Hernandez, after having his number retired by the Mets.