Correa leaving Houston, signs with Twins

By Tyler Tyre, Sports Editor
Posted 3/21/22

“I was surprised, I wasn’t expecting that,” Altuve said. “Obviously we’re going to miss him. He’s a great player and a great guy inside the clubhouse. He was one of our leaders.”

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Correa leaving Houston, signs with Twins

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Carlos Correa’s time as an Astro has officially come to an end.

After 781 hits, 133 home runs, and a world series, the short stop helped to usher Houston into a golden age of baseball in the city.

But now, the 27 year old is officially a Twin, as Correa signed a three-year $105.3 million deal with Minnesota, leaving Houston after seven seasons with the franchise at the MLB level

The Astros reportedly offered Correa a five-year $160 million contract to Correa after the world series, but when Correa declined, Houston never came back with a second offer. After the lockout ended, Correa was willing to work with the Astros and had hoped to receive a higher offer from the franchise, but it never came.

Jose Altuve, the Astros franchise player, was sad to see the star shortstop depart Houston.

“I was surprised, I wasn’t expecting that,” Altuve said. “Obviously we’re going to miss him. He’s a great player and a great guy inside the clubhouse. He was one of our leaders.”

Jeremy Pena will in all likelihood get the starting nod at shortstop. Pena, 24, spent 30 games at AAA Sugar Land last season, batting .287 with 10 home runs, 19 RBIS, four doubles and two triples with a .346 on base percentage. But Pena also has not yet been to the big leagues, and it will be a jump he will need to make.

Correa though, will be enjoying life up north.

“Now that he’s on another team, I’m happy for him,” Altuve said. “He got a great deal, happy for him. I know he’s going to play good. He’s going to make the Twins better.”

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