The Houston Astros have one of MLB’s best young players in shortstop Carlos Correa. So, it would stand to reason that they’d want to lock him up with a long-term extension.
The only problem? Per his agent, Greg Genske, Correa is not remotely interested in doing that.
“Carlos is never going to do an (early) multiyear contract,” Genske said, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
From Correa’s perspective, the disadvantage with signing a long-term deal now is that he can end up well under market value in a few years. Bill Baer of NBC Sports noted Madison Bumgarner as an example. Bumgarner is making $11.5 million in 2017 and the San Francisco Giants have $12 million team options for both 2018 and 2019. By comparison, Boston Red Sox lefty David Price is owed $30 million in both 2017 and 2018, has a $31 million player option in 2019 and $32 million player options for 2020-22.
The advantage is that since MLB contracts are guaranteed, a long-term deal would give Correa stability in case something happened to him. But as Heyman noted, “He also has big sponsorship deals with Adidas and others that pay him millions.”
Still, barring a trade, Correa will remain with the Astros for a long time.