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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

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Contract Extensions: First, Carlos, You Have To Produce

Posted 02-23-2021 at 09:45 PM by case44

The Houston Astros and Carlos Correa are in a bit of a quandary right now. Correa wants a contract extension before the regular season even begins. The club, however, may be a bit reserved about it.

Unfortunately, I cannot blame the latter situation given Correa's injury-riddled past. Never mind what the San Diego Padres just did with what I felt was a rash and ridiculous extension that they gave young shortstop Fernando Tatis, Jr. That deal, I predict, will blow up in the franchise's face, particularly if Tatis does not remain healthy during that time. This is why the Astros need to proceed with caution with Correa, provided they even proceed at all. Carlos was healthy all of last season, even though it was a shortened season due to COVID, but at least the player got through it. He was brilliant at shortstop in '20 with just one error all year.

I have faith that general manager James Click will do the right thing for the team. Carlos must stay healthy all season, not to mention produce runs and hits at the plate, plus solid defense in the field, and none of us will know that until those things happen. That's the sticky point. Correa is trying to press the extension now so as to avoid a distraction during the season. Okay, fine. But what has to happen is common sense first. Players have to produce in order to justify any kind of contract extension. It's a business. Right now, however, is a game of chicken between player and club going to solve anything in the short term? After all, keeping George Springer, though tempting, would not have been the best thing. My idea would have been to extend Springer one year and have a second-year option. That would be my way to go with Correa outside of no more than four years. Certainly, the fourteen-year deal Tatis got would just not work with Carlos, despite the superior talent of both players. There's no denying that those are two great shortstops.

In the coming days, the Houston Astros and Carlos Correa will meet somewhere and discuss something. Where it goes from here is where the suspense begins. If Correa had only been healthy in each of the seasons from 2016 to 2019, then you might have seen a different scenario play out. And Carlos wants to stay in Houston. Fine and good on that. Results, on the other hand, are going to matter.

You can safely bet that a game of chicken would be superseded by the end result.
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