Astros, Correa have verbal agreement
Astros owner Jim Crane said Wednesday the club has reached a verbal agreement on a contract with Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa, who was taken by the club with the No. 1 overall pick in Monday’s First-Year Player Draft.
“We have a verbal agreement so hopefully he’ll be in here tomorrow and pass his physical on time,” Crane said.
Correa, 17, and his family are scheduled to arrive in Houston on Wednesday night and will be in Houston on Thursday morning for the player to take a physical. If all goes well, he’ll sign the contract and take batting practice prior to the game against the Cardinals at Minute Maid Park.
“We’ve approved the amount and we hope he signs the agreement when he passes his physical tomorrow,” Crane said.
The owner wouldn’t divulge the bonus amount, but he hinted it will be less than Major League Baseball’s prescribed bonus of $7.2 million for the No. 1 overall pick. If so, that will allow the Astros to pay more to other draft picks, such as pitcher Lance McCullers Jr.
“We did it in such a way it allows us to pick up some other players we really wanted and be able to stretch a little here and there,” Crane said. “The Draft, from my perspective, went really well and the guys got some really good players and continue to stock the farm system.”
Correa, 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, became the highest-drafted Puerto Rican high school player in Major League history by going No. 1 overall to Houston.
Once signed, Correa would report to extended Spring Training at the club’s complex in Kissimmee, Fla. – the same place where Correa blew the Astros away in a May 27 workout – before beginning his career with the Gulf Coast League Astros at the same site.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday he expected to sign all of the Astros’ top 11 picks in the first 10 rounds, including McCullers, a pitcher from Tampa, Fla. Houston can spend a combined $11,177,700 million on its first 11 picks without getting penalized.
The Astros on Wednesday announced they had signed third-round Draft pick Brady Rodgers, a right-handed pitcher from Arizona State. He went to high school at Lamar Consolidated, which is nearby Houston.