The Houston Astros and their fans got some interesting news on Carlos Correa and his future with the team. In an article written in The Athletic, Correa shed some insight on his plans after the season end. The article talks mostly about their postseason push, the cheating scandal, but Correa mentions that this will be his last season in an Astros uniform.
Before the season, the Astros and Correa were unable to agree on a contract extension. With the New York Mets signing Francisco Lindor to a significant contract and the San Diego Padres locking up Fernando Tatis Jr. for the long term, the Astros knew whatever contract they offered Correa; he would turn it down. The best the Astros could offer was five years and $125 million prior to the season starting.
In order for the Astros to resign Correa, they will have to develop a contract that has years attached to it. Correa has come out publically and said that he wants to remain an Astro for life, but if the Astros are unable to come up with a contract that meets the expectations of Correa, then expect the free-agent market for shortstops to get a whole lot sweeter this offseason. With Justin Verlander expected not to return this season and Zack Greinke set to be a free agent, it is possible the Astros could work out a deal with Correa. Still, given the track record of past free agents (i.e., George Springer and Gerrit Cole), Astros owner Jim Crane has been known to offer low-ball contracts to superstars, which ultimately means an extension for Correa is not likely. Sorry Astros fans!
In the article written in The Athletic, Correa was quoted saying, “My last year with the Astros, hopefully, we can win another championship, and I can leave this great organization with two of them.” With that being said, Correa will test the free-agent market this offseason to try and garner a long-term contract. There will be teams looking to spend money on the services of Correa.
The timing of the article and the comments made by Correa are strange. The Astros are currently sitting in first in the AL West, and with the calendar set to change over into September, this is probably not the time to be making comments like this. The Astros are set to be favorites to win the division and make a deep push into October. It will be interesting to see how this http://getzonedup.com transfers over into the clubhouse and how his teammates respond to his comments because this team needs to go into October with very few distractions if they want to win another World Series.
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