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Mets Trade Rumors: NYM Has Had Carlos Correa Talks with Astros

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorDecember 12, 2019

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 30:  Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros hits an RBI single against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning in Game Seven of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets have spoken with the Houston Astros about trading for shortstop Carlos Correa, but "nothing is imminent," per Andy Martino of SNY.

The 25-year-old hit .279 with 21 home runs and 59 RBI in just 75 games for Houston last season. A rib fracture suffered in May during an in-home massage kept him off the field for much of the 2019 campaign.

Correa won the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year Award, made the 2017 All-Star Game and was a core piece on the team's 2017 World Series-winning squad.

Various injuries have held the Puerto Rico native back the last few years, namely a torn left thumb ligament in 2017 and a back injury in 2018. He has not played more than 110 games in a season since 2016. 

Correa is under team control for two more seasons before becoming a free agent in 2021. He's sure to break the bank in two years given his considerable power from the shortstop position, but that may not be with Houston.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the Astros have entertained the idea of trading Correa to lighten their payroll, which is sitting at an estimated $213.7 million for the 2020 season, according to Roster Resource. Rosenthal also wrote that the projected luxury tax payroll is at $213.7 million.

Like Martino, Rosenthal noted that a trade is not imminent.

"No deal appears close, and the timing might not be right for such a move, considering that most teams are set at shortstop and Correa's trade value is down," Rosenthal wrote. "But at some point, the Astros will need to make difficult decisions, and Correa might be the odd man out."

But he did write that the Astros "almost certainly will not keep all of their stars long-term," and Correa could be one on the move based on recent reports.

He'd be an excellent fit on the Mets, a team on the rise and coming off an 86-76 season. They sport an excellent starting rotation led by two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and a powerful offense paced by reigning MLB home run king Pete Alonso, who also won the NL's Rookie of the Year award.

Correa would only help increase the lineup's depth as the Mets look to win what looks to be a tough NL East next season.