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Houston Astros sign Carlos Correa, avoid arbitration

Oct 17, 2020; San Diego, California, USA; Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Manuel Margot (13) is out at second as Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) throws to first during the fifth inning in game seven of the 2020 ALCS at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros agreed to a one-year deal with All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa to avoid arbitration.

The team announced the deal on Saturday but did not disclose financial terms. Multiple reports pegged the contract at $11.7 million.

Correa was the only remaining unsigned, arbitration-eligible player on the roster.

“We’re all glad to have it behind us so we can focus on our top priority, which is getting out there to compete for a championship with Carlos and the rest of the team,” general manager James Click said in a news release.

Correa played last season under a one-year, $8 million deal.

In 58 regular-season games in 2020, Correa hit .264 with five home runs and 25 RBIs — numbers that were dwarfed by his postseason statistics.

In 13 playoff games, Correa hit .362 with six homers and 17 RBIs on his way to a .766 slugging percentage. Against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, he hit a walk-off home run, tying him with David Ortiz for the most career walk-off hits in the postseason with three.

Correa, 26, also led all MLB shortstops with a .995 fielding percentage.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, he was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2015. Entering his sixth season in Houston, Correa has a career average of .276 with 128 doubles, 107 home runs and 397 RBIs.

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–Field Level Media