With Carlos Correa Gone, Stats Predict Next Major Star for Houston Astros in MLB 2022 Season

Published 12/21/2021, 11:27 AM 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 | Courtesy Reuters


Carlos Correa’s future with Houston Astros is uncertain as the lockout paused the free agency. With other big teams having Carlos on their radar, there are chances he might not come back to his former team.

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Notably, new reports show who might take over the place of Carlos Correa as the star of Houston Astros in the upcoming season.

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Alex Bregman might replace Carlos Correa as Houston Astros star

Carlos Correa has been the top shortstop in free agency; he has been linked with teams like New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and Chicago Cubs.

Oct 12, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) reacts after hitting a two-run RBI double against the Chicago White Sox during the third inning in game four of the 2021 ALDS at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy Reuters

With Carlos out of the picture currently, Houston Astros’ third baseman is predicted to be the future star. According to FanGraphs’ ZiPS Projections, 27-year-old, Alex Bregman will make a strong comeback in the 2022 season after suffering injuries in the past two seasons.

Notably, FanGraphs’ has estimated a 5.00-WAR by Alex in 2022. Apart from Alex, the Astros strongest trio of offensive production is also set to bring in huge numbers. The trio includes Bregman, Kyle Tucker, and Yordan Alvarez. Moreover, the Astros also has Justin Verlander back in the team.

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Can Carlos Correa still make a comeback?

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Carlos surely can make a comeback to his former team. In fact, a recent report by ESPN’s Buster Olney had claimed, if Carlos Correa doesn’t receive a whopping $300 million above offer, he might settle for Astros. The deal is expected to be a short-term contract with high average annual pay.

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

According, to Buster, Carlos had declined a $275 million deal with Detroit Tigers before the lockout. Hence, Astros would have to make their offer strategically to Carlos, either above $300 million or a high average annual salary.

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If any other team signs Carlos Correa, do you think Alex Bregman can become the new Astros star?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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