“I Enjoy the Challenge”- Carlos Correa Not Willing to Change Field Position in Contract Negotiations

Published 11/13/2021, 8:30 PM EST
Oct 8, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) looks to the dugout during the game against the Chicago White Sox in game two of the 2021 ALDS at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports


Since joining the Houston Astros in 2015, Carlos Correa quickly established himself as one of the finest shortstops in the MLB. While he produced excellent performances on the plate, he also used his incredible right arm to make crucial plays in the field.

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After seven seasons with the Astros, the 27-year-old is now a free agent. Amidst interest from teams like the New York Yankees and contract negotiations with the Astros, Correa admitted he doesn’t want to take up any other position on the field.

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Carlos Correa admits he wants to remain a shortstop

In 2021, Correa starred as a shortstop for the Astros. He recorded a fielding percentage of 0.981 and turned in 70 double plays. In addition, he also recorded 183 put outs and 384 assists in that position. His exploits in the field this season earned him the Gold Glove Award and, more recently, the Platinum Glove Award.

Oct 31, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Atlanta Braves in game five of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

At 1.93m, Correa is among the taller players in the game. In addition, his agile frame also makes him a worthy candidate of taking up any other position in the diamond. He could excel just as well, if not better in the outfield with his strong throwing arm. However, the 27-year-old made it clear he wants to remain a shortstop.

Speaking to MLB Network, Correa admitted the challenge of the position keeps him excited. He said“I want to stay at shortstop. I enjoy the position, I enjoy the challenge. I want to be a shortstop for a long time.”

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Correa’s admission spells good news for interested teams

Despite producing a great season with the Astros, Correa finds himself as a free agent for next season. While the Astros continue to attempt re-signing him, they face stiff competition from the New York Yankees.

Oct 19, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) runs to second base after hitting a double to start the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2021 ALCS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees, much like the Astros, are in dire need of a shortstop and Correa’s addition could work wonders for either team. However, the market also has other talented shortstops like Corey Seager, who could leave teams hunting for a shortstop in quite the dilemma this off-season.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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