Carlos Correa rumors: MLB lockout costs free agents more than just money

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As the lockout rages on, the players most impacted are free agents looking for a new home. Carlos Correa remains on the market.

Correa has no idea where he’ll wind up, in part because his market stalled once the lockout was initiated by MLB owners. The high-profile shortstop was expected to receive a decade-long contract in excess of $330 million.

The new Scott Boras client will inevitably find a new home whenever the MLB and MLBPA agree to a new CBA, but for now he must wait around and stay ready. Without a contract in hand, Correa is set to lose out on thousands of dollars due to the league’s financial conflict.

MLB free agency: How much money will Carlos Correa lose?

That depends how long the lockout goes, but if the two sides agree to a deal before they have to cancel more games, that would mean Correa misses the first two series of the season. If that holds, Correa could lose out on upwards of $200,000 per day.

That’s a price many of the players are willing to pay, but not having his long-term home set in stone must hurt as well. Correa, like many MLB players, has a family to look after. With his future in flux, who knows where Correa and his family will eventually settle? There’s far more that goes into picking a free agent destination than just the team. The MLB lockout has delayed much of Correa’s due diligence, and important conversations he must have with his family.

Still, consider Correa one of the lucky ones. He’s a high-profile player who can afford to lose out on money. Lower-profile players on minimum salaries are stuck on the 40-man roster, thus aren’t able to participate in any sort of training. This also eliminates their income.

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