HOUSTON – Carlos Correa has long spoken publicly as if his time with the Houston Astros, the team that turned him pro and has won them all, is over.
Correa becomes a free agent after the loss they suffered in the World Series, which ended with the 7-0 beating they suffered against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, at home, in the sixth game of the World Series.
Worse still, he spoke in the past tense in his farewell to Houston fans immediately after they lost to the Braves, although officially, the 27-year-old Puerto Rican player will be able to go on the market until November 8.
“I want to say thank you to the fans for your support,” Correa said at a press conference. “My time here was incredible, the biggest seven years of my life. I came here as a child and became a man. I grew up in this city and the fans adopted me. “
“This has been my home,” he added in a very emotional way. “This is my home now. I am grateful to everyone. “
Both parties, the player and the organization, did not reach a contract agreement before the start of the regular season. Correa and his work team assured that they would not negotiate with the team after April 1 when the campaign began. And so it happened, although they have not closed the doors of a possible return.
“I want to say thanks to Jim (Crane, team owner) and James (Click, general manager) and the entire organization for respecting what I said in spring practices. When the season started, I didn’t want to be part of talks or negotiations and they respected. Now that I’m a free agent, let’s talk and see how it goes. “
Crane agreed with Correa that the possibility of returning to the only team he has known in his life as a professional has not been completely closed since he was drafted first overall in the 2012 draft, with which he has played in the Major Leagues for seven seasons. , in which he won the only championship that the franchise has (2017) and with which he has reached the Fall Classic in three of the last five seasons.
“I think we still have a chance,” Crane said. “I never take anything for granted.”
Starting this Wednesday, it will be a different offseason for Correa in all aspects. You want to spend more time than ever with your family and focus on some personal details that can never be taken for granted.
If next spring he has to start training with other colors, it will be even more different than his offseason, since he does not even know other boxmates other than those of Houston with Jose Altuve, Alex Gregman and for six years Yuli Gurriel .
“My relationship with José is obviously very special,” he mentioned. “He is more than a friend and partner. He is my brother for life. I am forever grateful for everything I learned from him. “
“All I can say is that I did everything in my power to make this team a better club, to keep this organization in the right way. I am proud of my time here. “