If Carlos Correa leaves Houston, the Astros will have to replace the offense lost.
On the other hand, the Astros are in an interesting position this free agency period. They have a massive void at the shortstop position. Their franchise star in Carlos Correa is poised to get a mega deal that is seemingly less and less likely to come from the Astros.
Less talked about is the need in centerfield. There is no doubt that Chas McCormick and/or Jake Meyers are good defenders and serviceable at the plate. With the team on what could arguably be called a dynasty run since 2015, manager Dusty Baker simply cannot be asked to rely on developing bats in the lineup down the stretch.
That outfield need becomes even more glaring should James Click fail to resign Correa, or follow through on their interest in Trevor Story, as the team will have to look Jeremy Peña, a near-MLB ready prospect tearing his way through the Astros farm system. Creating the potential for two developing batters in the lineup.
Frankly, it strong possibility that Jeremy Peña could be slotted in at shortstop. In that instance, the Astros have to look at free agent outfielders for that highly productive, veteran bat. Climbing Tal’s Hill’s Marty Coleman put a piece together on the Astros centerfield options, in particular.
However, a big name, free agent outfielder with proven success seems like the best case scenario should Peña get the starting gig.