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While the MLB lockout keeps Carlos Correa a free agent, Astros fans contemplate whether or not Correa’s social media posts signal a return to Houston.
The MLB lockout hasn’t just slowed down the news cycle — it’s also frozen free agents signings in their tracks, leaving some of the MLB’s biggest stars still on the market in mid-February.
Although they were rivals during the 2021 World Series, Freddie Freeman and Carlos Correa have this in common: they are two of the biggest remaining free agents whose respective teams hope they will re-sign.
Correa rumors have paired him with the New York Yankees, but if his blue glove signifies anything, it’s that Correa hasn’t made any proclamation any way.
In this instance, the absence of news could be the best news of all, as Astros fans point to Correa’s offseason activities with Astros teammates as an indication that he will remain in Houston after all.
Astros fans turn to social media for signs that Carlos Correa will re-sign in Houston
Houston media personality Michael Schwab has been one of many Astros fans drawing conclusions between Correa’s social outings with teammates to a likely re-signing in Houston. When Correa went to see Bad Bunny with Yordan Alvarez, Schwab noted that Correa is “still very much involved in the lives of current Astros”, to which Machete Maldano ambiguously replied, “We are family.”
A co-host of the Locked On Astros podcast interpreted Lance and Kara McCullers’ attendance at Kylo Correa’s baptism as a confirmed comeback to Houston. The McCullers were named as godparents to Carlos and Daniella Correa’s infant son.
“Let me temper this tweet,” he later wrote. “I don’t assume that because Correa is such good friends with his teammates that he’s a lock to come back. It is more of a hopeful skepticism that I tweeted this.”
Correa was also sitting alongside Alex Bregman and McCullers at UFC 271 on Feb. 12 at the Toyota Center.
What does all of this mean? Correa is still in Houston and continues to enjoy great relationships with his teammates, but this bears no indication on whether or not the Astros will agree to the contract Correa desires. While the future remains uncertain, maintaining positive relationships with his teammates and the Houston community can only be a good thing.