So You Want Singleton and Correa with the Astros?

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Carlos Correa

Mar 8, 2015; Lakeland, FL, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (76) at bat against the Detroit Tigers at a spring training baseball game at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Same situation as Singleton, there is not a position open right now. However, Correa is a much better player than Villar and would instantly become the starter at shortstop. Losing Villar to bring up Correa will be a great move because we can still keep our super-utility guy Marwin Gonzalez to cover all the infield positions. Maybe the Astros can get something in a trade for Villar if he continues his hot hitting. If not, Villar could have options, and they could demote back to Fresno. Plus Carlos Correa’s super-two status would be up June 12, or somewhere around then.

Once Correa is up, he is the shortstop for the foreseeable future.

While the biggest need is at first base, the easiest to address would be at shortstop. The Astros are not a complete team at the moment, with a struggling slugger and two backups covering shortstop. Despite these deficiencies, the Astros have a 29-17 record and in first place in the AL West. They can continue rolling out Carter and Gonzalez/Villar, but if they start losing, this will change. Jeff Luhnow will have some popular moves and unpopular moves over the next two months. As long as the Astros continue to win after the potential moves, the fans will learn to live with them.

The answer to the initial question is not easy. Villar goes down when Correa is ready, but the Astros would have to shorten their bullpen with Carter on the roster to bring up Singleton.

Any trade that is made, Astros fans do not want to trade Preston Tucker, who is becoming a fan favorite in Houston.

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