Can Carlos Correa Sign a Minor League Contract With a Club? MLB Lockout Details Explained

Published 01/03/2022, 10:00 AM EST
Oct 31, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Atlanta Braves in game five of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


A former MLB player signed a deal with the minor league amidst the lockout. This move, given the lockout, raised eyebrows, with fans questioning if other major league stars like Carlos Correa can also do the same.

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The major question asked was if Carlos Correa can sign a whopping million deal with the minor league teams. MLB insider now answered the question.

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MLB insider sheds light on Carlos Correa’s status

Former Seattle Mariners’ player, Jake Bauers signed a minor league deal with Cincinnati Reds for the upcoming season. Athletics’ MLB insider was asked if Carlos Correa can sign a minor league deal, same as Jake Bauers. Notably, Jake Bauers was already a minor league free agent then, while Carlos is currently a major league free agent.

Oct 8, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) looks to the dugout during the game against the Chicago White Sox in game two of the 2021 ALDS at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy Reuters

MLB insider replied, Minor league deals are permitted during the lockout, but only for minor league free agents. If a player became a free agent as a major league player — like Carlos Correa — he can’t sign any contract (major or minor) with a club. Bauers was a minor league free agent.”

Hence, Carlos cannot sign a major/minor league deal, and fans will have to wait until the lockout ends to see what his future holds.

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Carlos Correa was close to signing a deal with New York Yankees

A new report has left Yankees’ fans both sad and hopeful at the same time. Latest news has it that the New York Yankees were close to signing a deal with Carlos Correa but ran out of time, sadly.

Oct 15, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) congratulates second baseman Jose Altuve (27) after he scored against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning in game one of the 2021 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Well, thanks to the lockout, the Yankees still have time to sign Carlos. Undoubtedly, as the lockout ends, he will attract many million-dollar deals. However, the minor league is not somewhere he is heading to.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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