This situation with Correa is just one piece of the larger puzzle for the Astros. When their young stars get close to free agency, will the team be willing and able to keep them? Dallas Keuchel is eligible for free agency after the 2018 season. Altuve is eligible after 2019. George Springer is eligible after 2020. Correa is eligible after 2021.
These players are all likely to cost a pretty penny, so the Astros will have to decide how much they’re willing to spend and who they’re willing to spend it on. Time will tell how the team plans to keep its core together.
Obviously, the team’s payroll will have to increase for even a portion of the core to remain intact. But with more young talent in the minor league system, the Astros don’t necessarily have to retain all their stars to remain competitive. Regardless, GM Jeff Luhnow and owner Jim Crane will be making some difficult decisions over the next few years about the future of the franchise.
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