Did Carlos Correa hint that he wants to sign with Cardinals rival?

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Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros reacts during the seventh inning of game six of the 2021 American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park on October 22, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros reacts during the seventh inning of game six of the 2021 American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park on October 22, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /
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Did Carlos Correa hint that he wants to sign with a St. Louis Cardinals rival? He might have, and it has the internet going wild.

Carlos Correa ending up in the National League Central and playing the St. Louis Cardinals for the next decade is a worst-case scenario.

And it appears there’s at least a chance, as Correa keeps teasing the possibility. This time, he quote tweeted a video of Cubs fans changing the words of “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” to ”Correa come play in Chicago.”

In all likelihood, this means nothing. But it could mean something, hence why we’re here. So let’s lay out all the facts on the Correa/Cubs connections: Marcus Stroman has recruited him to Chicago, they have a desperate need for a long-term shortstop, they have money to spend, Jed Hoyer said, and intend to spend it.

The Cubs have already added almost $40 million to their 2022 payroll this winter in signing Stroman, Wade Miley and Yan Gomes. Signing Correa may add an additional $35 million to that total, but not only would it give the Cubs credibility in 2022 and beyond, it would make the Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers’ chances of winning the division more difficult.

Still, it’s likely that the Cardinals and Brewers will be the class of the Central in 2022. The Cardinals are going to be active once free agency opens again, intending to add at least one impact reliever and reportedly having their eyes on another starting pitcher and bat, with Collin Moran being an option to provide depth at first and third bases.

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But Correa signing with the Cubs would be a nightmare scenario for the Cardinals. The odds are in favor of him signing elsewhere, but we will have to wait months until we know for sure — and the suspense will only grow as time goes on.

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