HOUSTON – What, is he worried?
At first glance, impending free agent Carlos Correa seems a bad choice for the Yankees, despite their need for a shortstop in 2022, because of the whole scandal in which the 2017 Astros illegally stole signs from opponents. – including the Yankees in the American League Championship playoffs, it is believed, to help them win a championship.
Still, say this for the Houston Stars’ double shortstop: He can handle the heat.
“Define ‘hard’. For us it’s been fun, ”Correa told Minute Maid Park on Thursday, after a reporter asked him if it had been difficult to get booed anywhere other than here because of the scandal. “I just go on the road, play good baseball, show people that we are a really good team, that we play good baseball at home and on the road. It was fun fighting the fans on the road and having a great time with it.
The 27-year-old also walked the march, posting an excellent slash line of .286 / .353 / .476 in 75 regular season road games (he scored a better .272 / .379 / .494 in 73 home games) and hit his club’s biggest hit on Tuesday – a two-run brace and a third inning – to knock out the ALDS White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field (the worst stadium name of all). time) as the Astros faced angry fans for the first time since Major League Baseball released its report on the scandal in early 2020.
In 67 playoff games heading into Friday night’s ALCS Game 1 against the Red Sox, Correa boasts a career slash line of 0.276 / 0.350 / 0.531, with 17 homers and 54 RBIs. Add to that his solid year of running, with 26 home runs and excellent defense, and he ticks all the boxes when it comes to performing in the spotlight.
“I think he did very well,” said Astros manager Dusty Baker. “You can’t do anything about four, five months in advance. You can only play today. And I was in this situation myself, and you don’t worry about the money. You’ve just played and everything else will take care of itself. If you perform, you do the work, then everything else will follow after that.
“I’m telling you, Carlos did an amazing job because I’ve seen a bunch of guys in their free agent year really can’t handle the insecurity of not having security, and so for me Carlos… he doesn’t let him talk about it, he’s just coming to play.
Asked about the status of his contract on Thursday, Correa said: “I don’t think about it… I will focus on that at the end of the season. It is not finished yet.”
The Astros shouldn’t hold back Correa, whose contenders could include the Tigers, Blue Jays and Rangers, as the Yankees oversee the rich crop of shortstop free agents which also includes the Mets ‘Javier Baez, the Mets’ Corey Seager. Dodgers, Blue Jays Marcus Semien and Trevor’s history of the Rockies.