March 1, 2021

Carlos Correa open to long-term contract with Houston Astros, if done before season starts (ESPN)


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 D ay.

“I feel so good, my body feels so great and I feel like I’m going to have such a great season that once the season starts, I don’t 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 he’d like to stay in Houston, but so far, the team hasn’t talked to him about an extension.

“There’s 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, there’s no talks about it. I haven’t heard from them since the arbitration was settled. That’s where we are right now.”

If Correa does hit the free-agent market, he’ll do it with a strong group of shortstops that could include Javier Báez, Francisco…

Read “Carlos Correa open to long-term contract with Houston Astros, if done before season starts” at ESPN