MLB Insider Explains Why Carlos Correa Should Still be with Astros

Tyler Maher
Carlos Correa should still be with the Houston Astros.
Carlos Correa should still be with the Houston Astros. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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After a whirlwind offseason, Carlos Correa is back with the Minnesota Twins. If the Houston Astros had known how this winter was going to play out, however, perhaps he would've returned to them instead.

Correa was initially seeking a $300+ million contract this offseason, and he nearly got one from the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets before both teams backed out at the least minute. He ended up settling for a six-year, $200 million deal instead, which at least one MLB insider believes the Astros would have considered.

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, Houston may have been willing to shell out $200 million for Correa when he initially became a free agent after the 2021 campaign. Correa was coming off an outstanding age-26 season in which he finished fifth in the AL MVP race and helped Houston win the American League pennant.

Instead, the Astros let Correa walk under the assumption that he was out of their price range. He ended up taking a three-year, $105.3 million contract with the Twins, which he opted out of to sign an even bigger deal this offseason.

Hindsight is 20/20, of course, and it's hard to fault Houston with how things turned out. The Astros replaced Correa at shortstop with talented rookie Jeremy Pena, who immediately sparked them to their second championship in six years by winning World Series MVP honors in 2022.

Houston is positioned for more success in 2023, as the team is currently favored to win it all next year at +600 on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds. Even so, those odds would look even better if the Astros still had Correa on the roster.

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