Houston Astros & Top-Pick Carlos Correa Have Verbal Agreement
Houston Astros owner Jim Crane said Wednesday that the ball-club has reached a verbal agreement on a contract with shortstop Carlos Correa, who Houston selected with the No. 1 overall pick in Monday’s First-Year Player Draft.
“We have a verbal agreement so hopefully he’ll be in here tomorrow and pass his physical on time,” Crane said.
Crane wouldn’t divulge what the bonus amount will be, but hinted that it would be less than Major League Baseball’s prescribed bonus of $7.2 million for the No. 1 overall pick. If that ends up being the case it would allow Houston to pay a little bit more in order to sign some of the teams other draft picks.
Correa, 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, became the highest-drafted Puerto Rican high school player in Major League history after Houston pegged him for the top pick
Once signed, he would report to extended Spring Training at the club’s complex in Kissimmee, Fla.