HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 26: Carlos Correa # 1 of the Houston Astros walks against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning in Game One of the World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 26, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images).
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The Houston Astros seem to have offered up on re-signing Carlos Correa, given his flirtation with a number of contenders in complimentary company. Do they have a backup plan?
Correa could get an offer near $30 million per season, and approximately a five-to-six year agreement. Thats … a great deal of cash, but such is the case when youre at the top of the shortstop class.
MLB teams have a lot of cash to spend as they wait on an update on CBA talks. Hell, Noah Syndergaard got $21 million from the Angels on a 1 year offer. Correa is due far more than that, and can make a greater everyday effect.
Correa is due far more than that, and can make a higher everyday impact.
Semien has a tremendous quantity of power, but is 4 years older than Correa. Still the Astros could sign Semien to a short-term offer while waiting for the arrival of Pedro Leon and/or Jeremy Pena, both of whom are currently in the farm system.
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Correas market price is simply under $27 million per year, and while the Astros arent going to go THAT high, they will invest for a necessary replacement. Houston made the World Series last season for a reason.
Moving on from George Springer last offseason was a hard pill to swallow for fans. Doing so once again for Correa will be even tougher, however the good news is the shortstop market is deep this winter.
2 players that jump out as possible Correa replacements are Trevor Story and Marcus Semien.
Story is younger and has a lot of potential, however is coming off a down year. Semien has a tremendous quantity of power, but is 4 years older than Correa. Still the Astros might sign Semien to a short-term offer while waiting for the arrival of Pedro Leon and/or Jeremy Pena, both of whom are presently in the farm system.
Semien makes one of the most sense, as the short-term hit to finances would provide the Astros a much better possibility to win now, and likewise groom their shortstop of the future.