Red Sox to Target Francisco Lindor or Carlos Correa?


The Boston Red Sox have agreed to a contract extension with Xander Bogaerts on Sunday night. The deal will begin after this season and is for 6-years and $120 million. The deal includes an opt-out and a mutual option. 

Bogaerts opt-out clause is for 2022, which will be one year after two major free agents will hit the market. What if Bogaerts decides to opt-out? Will Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox add his potential replacement one year prior? 

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Here are two intriguing names to keep an eye on - Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa and Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor.  During an appearance on the MLB on Fox this past Saturday, the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal suggested the Red Sox could sign one or both future free agents.  Rosenthal indicated the Red Sox could have the “inside track” on both shortstops in 2021.

"The Sox, in theory, could have the inside track on both players," Rosenthal says.  "Their manager, Alex Cora, is from Puerto Rico, as are both players, and he was their GM in the 2017 World Baseball Classic."

While 2021 is a long time away, it should get the Red Sox thinking who could fill the long term void for the team if Bogaerts decides to opt-out and test the free agent market. The Red Sox could look at these two players to fill the void in the lineup in case Betts is no longer with the club too. 

The only players the Red Sox have under contract going into 2021 will be David Price at $32 million, Chris Sale at $31 million, J.D. Martinez at $19.35 million, Nathan Eovaldi at $17 million, Dustin Pedroia at $12.125 million, and Christian Vazquez at $6.25 million. Bogaerts will also be under contract for the team, but currently his salary for 2021 is unknown based off his new extension. The Red Sox would have the money available to sign one of those players; signing both Correa and Lindor would be unlikely. 

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The Red Sox should be in on Lindor when he hits free agency. The Red Sox could move Bogaerts to third or with Bogaerts chance to opt-out they could trade the short stop. 

Lindor, 25, hit .277 last season with 42 doubles, 38 homers, 92 RBI, 129 runs and 25 steals.  No one will say Lindor is Betts, but he could be a viable replacement in the lineup for Betts, especially if the team signed both Correa and Lindor. 

Lindor is a career .288 hitter with 98 home runs and 310 RBI.  He is a three time All-Star, Gold Glove winner, Platinum Glove winner, and a two-time Silver Slugger winner.  Plus Lindor makes even more sense based off the Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan’s contract comments recently.”

Dolan commented about contracts, and specifically Lindor, saying “You don’t know.  Probably the day when we do a deal like that is when somebody else is doing $1 billion deals with somebody else.”  He also added when asked about Lindor, “Enjoy him,” Dolan said.  “We control him for three more years.  Enjoy him and then we’ll see what happens.”

Why the Indians ownership wouldn’t want to pull out all the stops for a true five-tool superstar is absolutely mind blowing. 

If you are a Cleveland Indians fan, those comments from Dolan aren’t going to leave you feeling good about his long term chances in Cleveland. What will be Cleveland’s loss could be the Red Sox gain. The Indians have a track record of moving on from higher priced superstars such as Cliff Lee, Victor Martinez and CC Sabathia. If Grady Sizemore had stayed on track to be an all-star talent and not have gotten hurt you could have probably added him to that list as well. 

The Red Sox lineup would look absolutely dangerous with a combination of Lindor and Correa both in the lineup, but even better with Betts and Lindor. The Sox would could roll out Betts, Lindor and JD Martinez, that’s absolutely filthy. Lindor is the face of the Cleveland Indians organization and the Red Sox fans would gladly love to see him playing shortstop at Fenway. 

The Red Sox and Correa have a connection though, Manager Alex Cora.  Cora was the bench coach the year Correa and the Astros won the World Series.  Correa was hurt last season for the Astros, when he hit .only 239 and had 111 strikeouts in 402 at-bats.  Something else Sox fans should be weary of is Correa’s health.  The 24-year old hasn’t played more than 110 games the last two seasons.  If Correa puts up a monster year this year for Houston, people will look past the last two seasons and we will be talking about the $300 plus million he will get in 2021 from either the Red Sox or someone else. 

The Red Sox will undoubtedly look different by 2021, and I wouldn’t hate the idea of Lindor or Correa. The odds of Lindor are slim due to the extension the Red Sox signed with Bogaerts. There are options Red Sox fans to improve the team if they lose key players and we shouldn't be afraid of free agency. Let's be thankful that Indians owner Paul Dolan isn't calling the shots for the Red Sox. 

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