KEY POINTS

  • The Astros will need to address loopholes following their World Series loss to the Braves
  • Carlos Correa is unlikely to stay with the Astros and follow the lead of Cole and Springer
  • Correa is considered a superstar but may rise to greatness with another team

The Houston Astros entered the 2021 World Series with high expectations.

One of the names that stood out was Carlos Correa last season. The 27-year-old had a lot of reasons to give his best in the finals, but unfortunately, it never happened as he was overshadowed by Jose Altuve and Alex Bergman.

This is despite Correa coming off a 7-WAR season, and he is the only shortstop who has put up five seasons of 20 homers and a .250 or better batting average since he came to the league.

As things stand now, it appears the 2015 AL Rookie of the Year may have to find a new MLB team where he can fit in.

Given his credentials, there is no doubt that multiple teams will try to get his signature.

Of course, the Astros will still try to keep him. No less than Astros team owner Jim Crane made that clear this past October. But the problem is if Correa wants to stay in Houston.

It would take much to convince Correa. The Astros dangled a five-year $125 million offer to him last year, but those maybe not even close to what is due to the shortstop.

Pundits see him seeking a $300 million deal, numbers that could turn off Crane and the Astros.

In addition, the writing is on the wall that Correa could be better of playing elsewhere and flourishing.

Houston has never been known to be good at offering players a good deal before they reach the open market.

Examples are Gerrit Cole and George Springer, both of whom got bigger pay elsewhere. Correa is more likely to follow the same path.

Carlos Correa Carlos Correa, Houston Astros Photo: Getty

It will be a pretty interesting offseason for the Astros, who are expected to return with an entirely different lineup.

Losing Correa may sound huge. But if one looks into the Astros lineup, they do have some up-and-coming players who could fill the void like Jeremy Peña.

However, that is only one hole to fill, meaning the Astros are in for a busy offseason.