Jim Crane explains Astros' decision not to re-sign Carlos Correa


(SportsRadio 610) - It may be water under the bridge now.

The Astros haven't missed a beat at shortstop, with rookie Jeremy Peña proving to be a revelation early on replacing Carlos Correa.

The Minnesota Twins signed Correa to a three-year deal worth up to $105.3 million, with player opt-outs for 2023 and 2024.

In a recent interview with USA Today's Bob Nightengale, Astros owner Jim Crane explained the decision to move on from Correa, even though they wanted him back.

The reasoning presented in Nightengale's piece is that the Astros did not want to go over the $230 million luxury tax and risk draft picks; and scoffed at the notion of opt-outs in Correa's contract.

"Everyone wanted him back," Crane told Nightengale. "WE said we would consider a deal, not at the number they wanted, but they wanted an opt-out. I said you can't build a team like that. (General manager James) Click doesn't believe you can build with the uncertainty that the guy can be gone. You have to make a decision. So that was kind of a deal-breaker for us. ...

"We will spend money for they players when we're constructing a team, and do what's best for the team, and do what's best for the team, but we can't do it for the one individual, no matter how good they are."