Fresh off of his first World Series win (and I say first because there will likely be more), Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is getting set for another phenomenal year.
Correa is the type of guy a team would never want to let go.
Houston has recently renewed Correa's contract for a third-straight year, but not for as much money as most fans think he should be getting.
source: carlos correa is renewed by astros a third straight year. this time he gets $1M though.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 8, 2018
Well, he is actually making a pretty smart move.
Correa hits arbitration next year and if he continues to perform like the league's best shortstop should, he will have a pretty good argument for a record-breaking arbitration salary.
the correa $1M figure falls just below the $1.05M kris bryant received last year from cubs. so it's in line. much better than past renewals. (maybe the world series win has everyone in a better mood?)— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 8, 2018
His renewal is pushing right up against Kris Bryant's from last season, who just happened to set the arbitration record himself.
Correa is going to be just 23-years-old this season, and he is already showing the wisdom of a 33-year-old.
If he was to demand a long-term deal right now, he would likely lose out.