Carlos Correa stays on the free-agent market, as doable suitors just like the Yankees, Phillies, Tigers and Rangers have all seemingly determined to not make a critical run at him this offseason. With lower than three weeks to go earlier than Opening Day, a decision on the Correa entrance appears more likely to arrive before later.
The incumbent Astros haven’t deserted their pursuit. Houston’s preliminary five-year, $160M provide to Correa early within the offseason by no means appeared particularly tempting for the star shortstop. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported earlier this week the Astros had been getting ready a brand new provide, noting that gamers in Houston camp had been palpably excited in regards to the risk the workforce may deliver him again.
Requested in regards to the probabilities of re-upping Correa on Friday morning, Astros GM James Click on demurred, by way of Jason Bristol of KHOU. “It’s not one thing we’re going to touch upon come what may,” he mentioned earlier than noting that the current signing of Niko Goodrum strengthened the membership’s total infield depth. Houston additionally has veteran Aledmys Díaz and prime prospect Jeremy Peña as doable choices if Correa heads elsewhere. Skipper Dusty Baker referred to as Peña “the front-runner” among the many in-house gamers on the place this week, by way of Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.
Former Astros scouting director Mike Elias — an instrumental think about Houston’s determination to pick out Correa first total within the 2012 draft — is now operating baseball operations with the Orioles. That has led to some hypothesis the rebuilding O’s may get into the combination for the two-time All-Star. There hadn’t beforehand been any agency indication Baltimore was contemplating such a transfer, however Rosenthal wrote on Thursday night time the O’s may ponder a run at Correa “if his worth dropped to a stage the membership deemed acceptable.”
That’d require a change in tone from Elias’ feedback earlier this week, when he mentioned he didn’t anticipate the Orioles signing any gamers to multiyear contracts. Making an exception for Correa, although, makes some sense. Past Elias’ private familiarity with the shortstop, Correa’s younger sufficient to anchor no matter core with which the O’s emerge from their rebuild. He’s solely 27 years outdated, and whereas Correa wouldn’t single-handedly make Baltimore a contender this yr, he’d presumably stay a wonderful participant throughout 2023-24 campaigns when the O’s count on to be aggressive.
Correa to Baltimore stays an extended shot, and the caveat that it might require his asking worth falling is a notable one. Nonetheless, Raul Ramos of Con Las Bases Llenas linked the O’s with Correa earlier than Rosenthal’s report, writing the membership might even had put a suggestion on the desk. There’ll actually be extra readability on Correa’s eventual vacation spot pretty quickly, significantly with the opposite star free-agent choice on the place, Trevor Story, reportedly nearing a call.