The second the MLB lockout ends and free agency is allowed to resume, two of the hottest names on the market will be Freddie Freeman and Carlos Correa.
For a while now, the New York Yankees, like with most big free agents, have been linked to the two infielders. Freeman makes more sense from a fit standpoint (and it's worth mentioning there have been more credible rumors linking him to New York than Correa), but getting him to sign with the Yankees would require the potentially challenging task of prying him away from Atlanta.
USA Today MLB insider Bob Nightengale told 105.7 The Fan’s Vinny and Haynie that either ending up in pinstripes feels unlikely to him.
“I think Correa is going to take a while (to sign somewhere), I just don’t see a natural fit," Nightengale said Wednesday. "The Dodgers can be an X-factor because Trea Turner only has one more year and you can always slide him over to second base. Freeman, it’s going to come down to Atlanta versus probably the Dodgers. I don’t see the Yankees being involved, I’m not completely ruling it out. I rule out Correa with the Yankees, but I’m not sure about Freddie.
“Freddie lives in Orange County, grew up an Angels fan, so close to Dodger Stadium, and now with the universal DH going in so now even if he starts to wear down towards the end of that contract you’ve still got a spot for him as a DH. Atlanta can say the same thing.”
Indeed, there aren’t a ton of teams that represent an easy fit for Correa. Honestly, returning to the Astros might make the most sense, but they seem unlikely to fork over the cash for the huge contract he’s seeking. The Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs and maybe even Boston Red Sox could end up making a serious play.
As for Freeman, he’s a Braves legend, and one would think that his ideal is to stay in Atlanta and ride off into the sunset there. He’s a great hitter though and a capable first baseman, so plenty of teams would be willing to find a spot for him.