Carlos Correa Clarifies Position on Signing Contract Extension with Astros

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2017

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 10: Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros takes a swing during an at-bat in the against the Seattle Mariners home opener at Safeco Field on April 10, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won 6-0. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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Following recent comments made by his agent with regard to being against an early, multiyear contract extension, Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa clarified his position Friday.

According to Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle, Correa is keeping an open mind: "I'm not shutting the door. The price has got be right, you know what I mean? And it's got to be early. Once I get to arbitration there's no turning back."

Correa's agent, Greg Genske, shot down the idea of such a deal Thursday when asked about it by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports: "Carlos is never going to do an [early] multiyear contract."

Correa appears more open to the possibility if the money is right, and he made it clear to Kaplan that he enjoys playing in Houston:

I love the Astros. I love the team. I love the fans in Houston. I love everything. I've still got five more years here until I'm a free agent. So, I'm not worried about it. I'm not thinking about it right now. If the Astros are going to approach me at some point, I'm more than glad to listen to what they have to offer. But this is [a] business, so we'll see what happens.

According to Spotrac, Correa will become arbitration eligible in 2019 and stands to hit free agency in 2022.

The 22-year-old former No. 1 overall draft pick is in the midst of his third MLB season and is currently hitting .250 with one home run and three RBI.

He took American League Rookie of the Year honors in 2015 and followed that up with a .274 average, 20 homers and 96 RBI last season.

 

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