The Detroit Tigers have already ticked a few boxes on their to-do list this offseason and made some substantial improvements, trading for a wide receiver. Tucker Barnhart and signature left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez to a five-year, $ 77 million contract.
But there is still a need for the shortstop.
Thursday, the manager of the Tigers AJ Hinch and shortstop Carlos correa, who is set to receive a $ 300 million free agency deal, was seen together having brunch at Tiny Boxwoods restaurant in Houston, where Hinch lives during the offseason.
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This isn’t the first time Hinch and Correa have spoken to each other last month.
The Tigers have internally discussed the top five shortstops on the market: Correa, Corey seager, Marcus Semien, Trevor’s story and Javier Baez, as good as Chris taylor. The organization is also looking to acquire another starting pitcher.
Correa is considered the best player available and has a strong connection to Hinch. They spent five years with the Houston Astros and won the 2017 World Series, so it’s safe to say Hinch had both his recruiting and friendship caps for brunch.
Correa, 27, hit .279 with 26 home runs, 92 RBIs, 75 walks and 116 strikeouts last season. He won his first gold glove on shortstop and led the Astros to their third World Series appearance in the past five years. He has 79 games of playoff experience.
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