According to a previous report from ESPN, the Detroit Tigers offered SS Carlos Correa a 10-year, $275 deal but he turned it down.
Instead, the Tigers went out and signed SS Javier Baez to a six-year, $140 million deal.
Jim Bowden of The Athletic is now reporting that Tigers’ “baseball people” still want to add Correa to the mix but owner Chris Ilitch is not willing to pony up the cash.
From The Athletic:
ESPN reported that Correa turned down a 10-year, $275 million contract offer from the Tigers, who pivoted to sign shortstop Javier Báez to a six-year, $140 million deal. The Tigers’ baseball people would love to circle back and acquire Correa to play alongside Báez, but owner Chris Ilitch doesn’t want another contract of that magnitude on the books, according to a source.
This does not come as much of a surprise as we all know that Chris Ilitch is completely fine with screwing over the fans of the Detroit Tigers.
If you recall, Ilitch is also one of just four MLB owners who recently objected to raising the competitive balance tax.
From The Athletic:
Four Major League Baseball owners — Bob Castellini of the Reds, Chris Ilitch of the Tigers, Ken Kendrick of the Diamondbacks and Arte Moreno of the Angels — objected to raising the competitive balance tax to the levels the league ultimately proposed most recently, three people briefed on an owner-wide call held this week told The Athletic. MLB moved forward with the proposal anyway, moving its offer on the first threshold to $220 million — up $10 million from where it was in 2021, and $6 million from its previous offer, but still far below the players’ ask of $238 million.
The luxury tax’s rate of growth has not kept pace with the overall revenues growth in the sport, making it one of the main concerns for the players.
The resistance of the four owners reveals at least some of the hard-liners who are likely influencing perhaps the single-most contentious issue in negotiations that have already cost the sport games. One person briefed on the call noted that White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, a hawk in the 1994-95 dispute, was not among those to stand in the way. Not all small-market owners — owners who theoretically would be most disadvantaged by an increase in the luxury tax, which curtails high-end spending — were opposed to the raise, either. Rather, at least some of the four owners took stances based on their personal feelings toward costs and baseball’s economic system, sources said.