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Astros' Correa Open To Longer Contract If Deal Done Soon

Astros' Correa Open To Longer Contract If Deal Done Soon

If the Houston Astros want to sign shortstop Carlos Correa to a longterm contract, he says they need to do it before opening day.

HOUSTON: If the Houston Astros want to sign shortstop Carlos Correa to a long-term contract, he says they need to do it before opening day.

I feel so good, my body feels so great and I feel like Im going to have such a great season that once the season starts, I dont want to be involved with or distracted with those conversations, Correa said Monday after the Astros held their first full-squad workout of the spring.

The Astros avoided arbitration with Correa, who can become a free agent at the end of the season, by signing him to a one-year, $11.7 million contract.

Correa has spent his entire career with the Astros after they selected him with the first overall pick in the 2012 draft. He said hed like to stay in Houston, but so far, the team hasnt talked to him about an extension.

Theres no talks right now about that, he said. Talks are nowhere right now. I leave that up to my agent and the organization, but right now, theres no talks about it. I havent heard from them since the arbitration was settled. Thats where we are right now.

If Correa does hit the free agent market, hell do it with a strong group of shortstops that could include Javier Bez, Francisco Lindor, Trevor Story and Corey Seager. Correa will be just 27 years old when hes eligible for free agency if he doesnt agree to an extension with the Astros.

Ill be really young. Ill be one of the youngest players going to free agency next year, he said. I feel like it would take the right deal to stay here. Im not going to sell myself short, but at the same time, I know what Im worth… Im expecting to have a great, healthy season, which will help my case for free agency being the youngest shortstop out there. Well see how it goes.

Houstons other two stars on the infield have already agreed to long-term contracts second baseman Jose Altuve signed a five-year, $151 million deal in 2018 and third baseman Alex Bregman agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract in 2019. The Astros lost star outfielder George Springer this off-season when he signed a six-year, $150 million deal with the Blue Jays.

Correa, who was the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year, is a career .276 hitter with 107 homers and 397 RBIs in six major league seasons. He hit .264 with five homers and 25 RBIs in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, but heated up in the postseason where he had six homers and 17 RBIs to help the Astros to the ALCS.

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