With the stellar Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa shaping up to enter free agency at the end of the campaign, the owner of the Houston Astros, Jim Crane, said Thursday that the club will seek to retain one of the club’s cornerstones.
Before the season, Correa said both parties were “nowhere close” to reaching an agreement, with Houston submitting offers for six years and $ 120 million, and then five years and $ 125 million. The infielder added that he did not want to negotiate during the season, but has not ruled out his return to the Astros.
“We have definitely valued his performance and now he is the leader of the team,” Crane said before Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park. “He is a great boy. We will definitely look to continue negotiating when the season concludes and it is time to resolve that matter. “
Correa, 27, had an excellent 2021 and is projected to be one of the most sought-after free agents of the winter. The Puerto Rican led all position players in bWAR and hit .278 with 34 doubles, a career-high 26 home runs and 92 RBIs.