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It's time to address the Carlos Correa conundrum

When the Astros drafted Carlos Correa expectations couldn't be higher. Correa was compared to Alex Rodriguez and he was quickly viewed as the future face of the franchise after his rookie year. But that didn't exactly happen with Correa. Injuries slowed him down and Altuve continued to improve and become one of the best hitters in all of baseball while also collecting an AL MVP award in 2017. This year, Correa has become the most vocal player on the Astros, and his postseason performance has many fans thinking that a changing of the guard is occurring as Altuve passes the baton to Correa.

Be sure to watch the video as we discuss how Correa is viewed by the fans and the media, how much the Astros will have to pay Correa if they extend his contract, and how important keeping him in Houston is for the franchise especially with George Springer and Michael Brantley likely to leave in free agency.

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Astros set to bring back a familiar face

Castro is back! Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

MLB.com's Brian McTaggart is reporting that Jason Castro will rejoin the Astros after agreeing to a two-year deal with Houston for $7 million which also includes 2 million in incentives. Martín Maldonado and Castro will split the catching duties, which gives the Astros lineup flexibility by having a right-handed and left-handed hitting option at catcher.

Castro was drafted by the Astros 10th overall in 2008 and left in free agency after the 2016 season. Last year, Castro hit .188 and is a career .230 hitter. Keep in mind, Maldonado's contract will be up after this season and Castro could be the main catching option for the Astros in 2022 if they don't bring him back. Plus, the Astros drafted catcher Korey Lee with the 32nd overall pick in 2019 and Castro is a nice safety net if Lee is not ready for the majors next season, which seems likely.

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