Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve officially learned he’s getting a new double-play partner during a late-night call with Carlos Correa himself.
Altuve did not anticipate Correa signing with the Minnesota Twins.
“I was surprised, it’s not something I expected,” Altuve acknowledged. “Obviously we will miss him. He is a great player and a great person in the clubhouse. He was one of our leaders,” he added.
Correa reached a three-year, $105.3 million deal with the Twins on Friday night. The Puerto Rican shortstop was one of the top free agents still on the market.
Altuve, a seven-time All-Star and the AL MVP in 2017, and Correa, a two-time All-Star, were mainstays in the middle of Houston’s defense and first in the batting order since 2015.
The duo helped lead the Astros to their only World Series title in 2017 and return to the series in 2019 and 2021.
A .277 hitter with 133 home runs, Correa hit .279 with 26 home runs and 92 RBI last season and also won his first Gold Glove.
“Now that he’s on another team, I’m happy for him,” Altuve said. “He got a great contract. I feel happy for him. I know he is going to play well and he is going to make the Twins better.”
Altuve, 31, said Correa, 27, promised to be in frequent contact with him via phone calls and video calls.
“We had dinner many times,” Altuve said. “We spend a lot of time together in the rooms talking about different topics. That’s what I’m going to miss the most.”
Days before Correa’s decision, Houston manager Dusty Baker singled out Jeremy Pena as the favorite to start at shortstop.
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