How does Carlos Correa signing with Boras impact the Braves?

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Yesterday, we finally had some free agency news; unfortunately, it wasn’t the kind baseball fans were hoping for. Carlos Correa, the most sought-after free agent left on the market, has switched agencies, joining the Boras corporation, which of course, is run by the infamous Scott Boras.

According to reports, at minimum, Correa was reportedly looking for $330 million in free agency, which he apparently never received. On top of that, he had to sit back and watch Corey Seager ink a 10-year, $325 million contract before the lockout. He’s understandably dissatisfied and now has a new agent to negotiate his deal once the lockout comes to an end. But why does this matter in regards to the Braves?

Well, if you remember, Alex Anthopoulos and company reportedly kicked the tires on Correa before the lockout. With Dansby Swanson‘s contract coming up at the end of 2022 and the Freeman situation unresolved, Correa seemed like a viable backup plan. It was a long shot, but there was at least a sliver of a chance that it might happen — let’s say 5%.

Now those odds are at zero. Boras and the Braves have never been fond of each other, and there’s no secret as to why. Atlanta is a mid-market team that is constantly searching for bargains in free agency. Boras hates bargains. He’s a maestro at the negotiating table and the best in the business at getting top dollar for his clients.

For that reason, it’s rare that the two sides ever strike a deal. In fact, according to Baseball-Reference, Touki Toussaint, who the Braves acquired via trade when he was 19, is the only current player represented by Boras on the Braves. The two sides simply don’t see eye to eye, and there’s no reason to expect that change when it comes to negotiating Correa’s new contract.

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