Seattle Mariners: What’s on their post-lockout to-do list

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HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 15: Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros reacts as he rounds the bases after he hit a home run in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game One of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 15, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 15: Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros reacts as he rounds the bases after he hit a home run in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game One of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 15, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

The Seattle Mariners should look to sign Carlos Correa

Ever since the conclusion of the World Series, all Major League Baseball fans have been obsessively pointing out potential landing spots for superstar free agent Carlos Correa.

Carlos Correa is going to the Yankees. Carlos Correa is going to the Phillies. Carlos Correa is going to the Cubs. Carlos Correa is going to the Tigers. Carlos Correa is going to the Rangers.

What if the team that ends up acquiring his services is one that has not been mentioned by the general public as a possible landing spot for him? What if the Seattle Mariners swoop in and sign the biggest fish in the free agent pool and ride on his shoulders to a championship?

It is easy to go on and on about the on-field success that Carlos Correa has had since his debut in 2015. The 27-year old infielder is a two-time All-Star, winner of the 2015 AL Rookie of the Year award, a Gold/Platinum Glove award winner, and, on top of all of that, a World Series champion.

Last season was arguably Correa’s best in the big leagues. In 640 plate appearances across 148 games, Correa hit a career-high 26 home runs, scored a career-high 104 runs, and was worth a career-high 5.8 WAR. He won his first Gold Glove (and later, Platinum Glove), and was able to walk at a higher rate and strikeout at a lower rate than he ever has before to the tune of a 0.65 BB/K ratio.

The Mariners’ infield from third to first currently consists of Abraham Toro, J.P. Crawford, Adam Frazier, and Ty France. That’s not too shabby at all. With Carlos Correa coming aboard, it is a reasonable assumption to make that it would not be as a full-time shortstop. J.P. Crawford is an excellent defensive option at short, while Adam Frazier is capable of bouncing around all over the diamond and Abraham Toro has some versatility as well. Carlos Correa could easily be signed by the Mariners as their full-time second baseman or, more likely, third baseman. An infield of Correa, Crawford, Frazier and France would easily be one of the best in the majors.