CARLSBAD, Calif. — Seven days ago, in the bowels of the only stadium he ever called home, Carlos Correa’s free agency began. He addressed a saddened clubhouse after a World Series loss. He talked about his tenure with Astros in the past tense.
A reporter asked if Correa had any hope that the team would “step up” or “meet him halfway through” in his contract demands. Correa thanked owner Jim Crane and general manager James Click for honoring his request not to negotiate during the season. He didn’t really answer either question.