The World Series fever is finally over after the Houston Astros won Game 6 against the Philadelphia Phillies at Minute Maid Park. Although it was a team effort from the Astros, rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena stole the show with his consistent performance in the entire postseason.

When the 2022 MLB regular season kicked off, the Astros were without their star shortstop, Carlos Correa. And with Correa moving to a different team, it seemed like the Dusty Baker-led team would be in serious trouble. 


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But little did anyone know that Correa’s departure opened the doors for 25-year-old Pena.

Jeremy Pena proved to be a real deal for the Houston Astros after Carlos Correa’s departure

Notably, the former Astros shortstop Carlos Correa left the team as a free agent and joined the Minnesota Twins for a whopping $105.3 million contract. At first, it seemed like the Astros will be in big trouble after losing their marquee player, but the current scenario tells a way different story.

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Even when the Astros trusted Jeremy Pena, almost no one knew what kind of player he would become at the end of the season. But here he is. Pena has been the main man for the World Series champs in the postseason, especially in the ALCS and World Series. Notably, he won the MVP on both occasions.

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Pena’s remarkable season has been a lottery for the Astros, even in financial terms. When comparing Correa’s current salary ($35.1 million per season), Pena’s ($700,000 in a season) salary is a lot cheaper.


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Given his outstanding performances this year, Jeremy pen might also go on to win the AL Rookie of the Year.

Where will Correa head next?

When Correa signed the 3-year deal with the Twins; he had a clause that would allow him to leave the franchise in the first two years. And if reports are true, the Twins shortstop will be looking for a new destination in the free agency.


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Given the Astros already have a future star in Jeremy Pena; it is almost impossible that Correa would go to his former employer. Do you think if Correa chooses to go back to his former team, the Astros will sign him?