It seems that Carlos Correa won't be suiting up for the Houston Astros in 2022.Correa is apparently expecting to leave Houston this offseason after the team ceased contract negotiations with him earlier this year, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC. The Astros reportedly offered the two-time All-Star extensions worth $120 million and $125 million, which Correa rejected."It was like, 'Take it or leave it; this is what we've got,'" Correa said. "And now my value has gone up."If they didn't want to meet my price in spring training, now that I led the league in WAR at 7.2 and I'm in the playoffs helping the team, I don't know if they'll meet my price now."The 27-year-old will be eligible for free agency this winter for the first time in his career. He's likely to be tendered a one-year qualifying offer, which will reportedly be valued at $18.4 million. Correa would probably reject the offer and be attached to draft-pick compensation. However, the impending expiration of the collective bargaining agreement could impact that system.Correa hit .279/.366/.485 with 26 homers this year. He's also been integral to Houston's postseason success, going 5-for-13 with two doubles and four RBIs."I like where I'm at right now," Correa added. "I led the league in WAR for Baseball Reference, led the league in defensive WAR, and had a great offensive year. So, when you talk about shortstops that can do both things at an elite level, I think you should mention my name."Correa is poised to headline a star-studded free-agent class of shortstops that will also feature Corey Seager, Trevor Story, Marcus Semien, and Javier Baez.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Corey Seager laced a go-ahead RBI-double which gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a 1-0 lead over the San Francisco Giants.
Qualifying offers for impending free agents this offseason will be $18.4 million, which is down $500,000 from last winter, sources told Buster Olney of ESPN.A player will reportedly have to accept or reject the qualifying offer before the collective bargaining agreement expires Dec. 1.Six major leaguers were given qualifying offers last offseason, including Marcus Stroman and Kevin Gausman, who both accepted the one-year deals from the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants, respectively.Carlos Correa, Freddie Freeman, Clayton Kershaw, Robbie Ray, Carlos Rodon, Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, and Trevor Story are very likely to receive qualifying offers this offseason.Michael Conforto, Eduardo Rodriguez, Noah Syndergaard, Justin Verlander, Brandon Belt, Anthony DeSclafani, and Raisel Iglesias are also names to monitor.If a player rejects a qualifying offer and signs with a new team, his former squad will receive a compensation pick from the club that signed the free agent.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Kris Bryant is set to test free agency for the first time in his career this winter, but the San Francisco Giants have made a solid impression on the former MVP."I'd be totally open to (re-signing)," the four-time All-Star said, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle."I really like the group here. The people. The city. I've enjoyed my time getting to experience the city at a level I hadn't in the past. It's been fun. These two months have blown by. Usually, time flies by when you enjoy it, and I've enjoyed it."Bryant, 29, was acquired from the Chicago Cubs prior to the trade deadline as a rental for a pair of prospects, helping the Giants to an MLB-best and franchise-record 107 wins. Due to being traded midseason, Bryant cannot be tendered a qualifying offer, meaning the Giants would not recuperate a draft pick in the event he signs elsewhere.The star third baseman/outfielder hit .262/.344/.444 with seven homers and six steals with the Giants over 51 games after getting traded. Bryant has made an impact over the first two games in the team's NLDS matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers, going 3-for-7 with one homer.For his career, Bryant has posted a .880 OPS with 167 home runs and 44 stolen bases. He will be considered one of the top free agents this winter in a class set to include Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Trevor Story, Marcus Semien, and Nick Castellanos, among others.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
The Philadelphia Phillies could pay shortstop Didi Gregorius $14.5 million next season to be a bench player.Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said the veteran infielder has been told he's not guaranteed to be the Opening Day shortstop heading into the 2022 campaign, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Breen.Philadelphia re-signed the 31-year-old to a two-year, $28-million contract in January after he hit .284/.339/.488 with 10 home runs and 40 RBIs during the shortened 2020 season. Gregorius' numbers plummeted in 2021. He slashed .209/.270/.370 and ranked 27th in OPS (.639) among the 31 big-league shortstops with at least 400 plate appearances, according to FanGraphs.Jean Segura, who's signed through 2022 with a 2023 option, and Philadelphia's No. 2 prospect, Bryson Stott, could potentially start at short for Philadelphia next year. Stott posted a .876 OPS with 16 homers across three minor-league levels this season.Dombrowski didn't mention if the Phillies would be in the market for a free-agent shortstop like Corey Seager, Carlos Correa, Javier Baez, Trevor Story, or Marcus Semien this winter.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.