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Astros and No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa already progressing toward deal

Jun 5, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT

Carlos Correa

We’ve become accustomed to teams and their No. 1 overall picks negotiating right up until the signing deadline, but the Astros and shortstop Carlos Correa could have a deal done within days.

According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the two sides are already progressing toward an agreement. The deal is expected to be worth around $5 million, which would be a bit under the $7.2 million slot value for the pick. In other words, the Astros should have some extra cash available to pry No. 41 overall pick Lance McCullers, Jr. away from his commitment with Florida.

Heyman’s report appears to have legs, as Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow confirmed to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that they hope to have Correa signed by Thursday. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Puerto Rico native is expected to report to extended spring training before beginning his professional career with the Gulf Coast League Astros.

  1. thekingdave - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    So far Luhnow seems to making all the right moves. About time after McLane completely sabotaged the team starting in 2006.

    • stex52 - Jun 5, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      Could hardly agree more. The only obvious problem is how long this will take. But, last time I looked, the minor league teams are all more competitive. That’s probably the first sign that better times are coming.

  2. randygnyc - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Clap clap clap

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