But Correa’s time in Houston has come to an end as the star shortstop inked a three-year, $105.3 million contract to join the Minnesota Twins.
The deal includes opt-outs after the first two years.
ESPN’s Marly Rivera had a minute to chat with Correa this morning, who revealed something surprising about his former club.
Correa said that the Astros never made him an offer after the lockout was finally lifted.
Carlos Correa told me he has “nothing but love” for Houston and Astros front office and ownership, but also said the club did not make him any offers after the lockout. pic.twitter.com/HIBFVvBMeE
— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) March 23, 2022
Letting A Star Walk
This is surprising, to say the least.
Houston surely had the money to pull it off, but they ultimately let their star shortstop walk.
Correa mentioned that he still has great respect for the Astros organization but was clearly surprised that Houston never made him another offer.
One would think that they would have tried a little harder to bring him home.
Of course, given that there are two opt-out clauses in Correa’s deal, he could exercise one of them, either after this season or after 2023 and potentially return to Houston.
Astros fans would surely love it if that were to happen.
But for now, Correa is a Twin.
He bet on himself by taking a shorter-term deal and has a chance to potentially make more money by getting a better deal if he ends up opting out after this season or the next.
Correa is giving himself a ton on options, so it was smart for him to take the shorter-term deal.
But it is still very surprising that the Astros never even tried to bring him back after the lockout ended.