Houston Astros: Should Shortstop Carlos Correa Be Traded?

The Houston Astros are known as one of the better MLB teams in the game today despite their cheating scandal, but one move they should consider is trading prized shortstop Carlos Correa.

The 25-year old can hit the baseball and last season was no exception as he helped the Stros reach their second World Series in three years.

Correa hit .279, drove in 59 runs and launched 21 home runs in his fifth MLB season.

The 2015 Rookie of the Year has at least 20 homers in four of his five years in the bigs and he has made an All-Star team in his career.

Why trade him?

Houston doesn’t have to trade the young shortstop this instant, but they should take it under consideration in the near future.

Correa is getting paid $8 million in 2020 and is scheduled to join the arbitration process next offseason.

He is then set to become a free agent in 2022.

I enjoy watching him play, but does his production warrant a monster contract?

Mookie Betts is playing on a one-year contract, worth $27 million and was recently shipped from Boston to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Clearly, the Red Sox didn’t feel as though Betts was owed a mega deal at least not from their front office.

Houston would benefit from a Correa trade, because they would be able to add to their farm system.

Maybe they could follow up that trade by flipping minor leaguers for a top tier rotation arm.

Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke are in their mid-30s and Verlander just had groin surgery two weeks ago.

Obviously, it can be hard to get great arm talent through trade or free agency nowadays.

However, it makes sense for the Houston Astros to get ahead of the curve and get something for Carlos Correa.

Questions, oh questions

Correa is a nice building block for a team trying to set sail for a new wave of success.

However, the 2017 World Series champion has a few questions around his name.

First of all, Correa has played more than 110 games in a single season only once in his career (153 games in ’16).

In 2017, Correa missed 42 games after hurting a thumb ligament.

He also missed time in ’18 due to lower back soreness and he also had oblique issues that year as well.

In ’19, Carlos Correa landed on the 10-Day Injured List because of his back.

He also was labeled day-to-day at other points in the season because of his back.

Future of the Stros

Aside from the scandal, I’ve enjoyed watching the Astros play baseball and seeing the multitude of ways Correa can excel.

The Stros can still compete in the American League, but they have to be smart when thinking about the future.

Outfielder George Springer, 30, is set to be a free agent after the 2020 season.

Michael Brantley and Yulieski Gurriel are also set to hit the open market next offseason.

Verlander, Greinke, closer Roberto Osuna, Lance McCullers and catcher Martin Maldonado will be free agents in 2022, along with Correa.

Houston can avoid spiraling out of control by adding to their minor league system.

Of course, by maintaining their lineup and rotation, they should be in a really good spot for many years.

Is it time for the Houston Astros to deal shortstop Carlos Correa? Leave a comment below.

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