The Texas Rangers have the cap space to make an enormous splash in free agency. Adding Carlos Correa would help the Rangers with their re-build, but would it be the most fiscally responsible thing to do?
Signing Correa might bring back the bad memories of the ARod signing back in 2001, when the Rangers signed 25-year-old Alex Rodriguez for 10-years/$252M, but making a splash is still the priority. And Correa is one of the best players available in free agency, let alone at just his position. He doesn’t come without cheating allegations, however.
Here is a deep dive into Carlos Correa, the player.
Drafted by Houston Astros, 2012, Round , #1 Overall
MLB Years Active : 7
Why is Carlos Correa available to the Texas Rangers?
After being drafted in 2012, Correa played parts of four seasons in the MILB in the Astros organization. At age 21, Correa made his MLB debut with the Astros.
In his last year of arbitration eligibility, Correa signed a 1 year/ $11.7M deal to play for the Astros. The Astros offered Correa a qualifying offer, which he refused. He is now a free agent and any team signing him will be required to give the Astros draft pick compensation.
Do the Astros want Correa back?
According to MLB sources, the Astros have offered a contract of 5-years/$160M for him to stay in Houston.
Why would the Texas Rangers want Correa?
In 2015, Carlos Correa was name the AL Rookie of the Year. In 2017, Correa played for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, named an MLB All-Star, and won the World Series with the Astros. In 2021, Correa was named as an AL All-Star for a second time and also won his 1st Gold Glove Award.
Correa would bring all of these accolades, playoff experience and a championship attitude to the Rangers clubhouse.
The Texas Rangers would be able to place Correa at SS. He would be pivotal in helping solidify the Rangers infield with Josh Jung at 3B and moving Isiah Kiner-Falefa to 2B.
What would it take to sign him?
Signing Correa will take a long-term deal and quite likely the biggest free agency contract for a SS this year. If Texas signs Correa, they will have to offer 10 years/$320M to even get in the room with the star SS.
What is the likelihood of the Texas Rangers landing Carlos Correa?
The Correa name has not been recently mentioned as a landing spot for the free agent SS. That doesn’t mean that Texas is out of the picture. Money talks and Texas has a boatload of cash ready to spend on free agents. According to rumors, the Detroit Tigers are talking to Correa. He has numerous suitors and no deal is likely before the December 1 deadline of the CBA.