by: Stephen Alzugaray
The conversation surrounding the Astros this winter has centered around George Springer going into free agency. Houston has other key players in free agency. They will also likely be without Justin Verlander who’s going to make 30 million this upcoming season. This offseason he underwent Tommy John surgery and is currently recovering. According to a report, they could be without another franchise cornerstone in 2021 and beyond.
There are various rumors that the Astros have shopped Carlos Correa to other teams. This makes it highly unlikely they extend him before he becomes a free agent after 2021 baseball season.
This is not the first time the Astros have shopped Correa, though it remains unlikely that he is dealt with teams while waiting another year before he and others become available in what is being regarded as the best free-agent shortstop class in baseball history.
But even with Correa coming off one of the worst statistical seasons of his career, hitting .264/.326/.383 with five home runs and 25 RBI, he should draw plenty of interest considering his regular season success and ability to perform at his best in the postseason.
Over the past years including postseasons he’s been in the conversation for being a top 5 shortstop for about 4 or 5 years. Even though his breakout year was 17 when Astros went all the way and defeated the Dodgers in 7 games.
It would hurt the Astros in the short run. They’ll be in contention for the next few years with the roster that they have now.