Detroit Tigers: Carlos Correa is the likeliest option for future shortstop

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The Detroit Tigers are rumored to be in on one of the big-name shortstops who are available this offseason. When the offseason begins, and free agency kicks off, the Tigers are supposed to be pursuing the free agent shortstops in hopes of finding the shortstop of the future.

It’s a debate that is going to continue in the coming months. The Detroit Tigers, like many other teams, will have a pick of the litter to choose from. There are going to be more than a few big names on the market.

That being said, the one that the Tigers should be most “in” on is Carlos Correa. While the Houstons Astros are going to be hard pressing him to re-sign and keep him in Houston, he seems like the best option.

The connection of Correa to Tigers manager A.J. Hinch is undeniable and makes it hard to think the team would not have a better chance versus other teams’ trying to swindle Correa away from staying in Houston.

The Detroit Tigers could get their future shortstop in Carlos Correa.

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Correa has been in the big leagues for seven years now with the Astros, won a World Series*, and is a two-time all-star. If the Tigers are to land Correa, he would easily become the team’s future shortstop and fill that role well.

In 2021, Correa has played 91 games for the Astros, where he is slashing .268/.365/.473 with 16 home runs and 55 RBI to his credit. He’s been a centerpiece of the Astros offense for years and would fit the same role with the Tigers.

His 162-game career average statistics make it even more clear why he’s a solid target in free agency. His average season slash line is .275/355/.479 with 29 home runs and 105 RBI. Any team who’s getting basically 30 home runs and 100+ RBI from their shortstop should be more than excited.

There are some concerns to monitor with Correa; that’s a fair point to be made. The upside on the relationship of Correa and Hinch makes this seem like an easy get, but the injury issue makes this a little worrisome.

Correa has only logged over 100 games in three of his seven seasons. He’s on pace to do it this year, and last year he logged 58 of the 60 games, but he does have his share of injury issues at times.

But frankly, the reward severely outweighs the risk in this scenario. Correa is the way to go if the team wants to solve the shortstop debate in his offseason. He’d be a solid addition and add a quality player to the Tigers lineup night in and night out.

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The Detroit Tigers should be gearing up for a run at Carlos Correa if this is the offseason where the team chooses to spend.