Previously, Deadspin said Philly was the most likely landing spot, but now someone else will land the two-time All-Star
We all knew the shortstop free agent market was going to be erratic this offseason, but apparently that was an understatement. Who would’ve thought the Padres would land Xander Bogaerts? Sure, there were rumors as the deal came closer, but most people assumed the Red Sox would’ve upped their original deal with Bogaerts in order to keep him in Beantown. Instead, he opted for a team that isn’t even in dire need of a shortstop. Yes, Fernando Tatís Jr. is suspended, but with another shortstop in town, the question becomes “Where will each of them play when Tatís returns?”
Then, Trea Turner signed an 11-year deal with the Phillies. Everybody knew the Phillies would be in the market for a game-changing shortstop, but they had been linked to other names like Bogaerts and Correa instead. Yes, Turner expressed interest in returning to the East Coast, where he grew up, but most assumed that the Yankees or Braves would be in the running considering their needs at shortstop, willingness to spend, and in Atlanta’s case, proximity to Turner’s hometown.
Despite these two perennial All-Stars off the table, there are still a few big names available at the 6 — most notably, Carlos Correa. With the Phillies off the table now, which teams are most likely to land him?