Astros, No. 1 pick Carlos Correa have verbal agreement

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Astros owner Jim Crane told MLB.com’s Brian McTaggert that the team and Carlos Correa have come to a verbal agreement less than 48 hours after he was picked first overall in the MLB draft.

Correa is expected to get around $5 million, which would leave the Astros with over $6 million to sign the rest of their picks. With Correa coming in roughly $2 million under his assigned slot value, it gives the team plenty of flexibility to sign highly regarded supplemental first-rounder Lance McCullers.

Reports indicated that the Astros offered Stanford right-hander Mark Appel a $6 million bonus prior to the draft and turned to Correa after Appel turned them down. Appel slipped to the Pirates with the No. 8 pick.

The 17-year-old Correa is expected to begin his pro career with the Gulf Coast League Astros later this month.

Report: Red Sox expected to hire Alex Cora after World Series

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox have offered a contract to Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora, though the deal won’t be officially announced until the conclusion of the World Series later this month. Cora has long been a favorite for the Sox’ managerial vacancy, and despite reports that he was being pursued by the Tigers, Mets, Phillies and Nationals, he’s expected to land in Boston after all. The team has yet to verify the report.

The deal is for three years, per the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. Cora is coming off of a one-year gig with the Astros and has no prior managerial experience. More importantly, however, he stands out for his familiarity with the Red Sox’ organization, strong connection with players and analytics-driven approach.

The Red Sox are the second team to replace their manager this offseason after the Tigers snatched up Ron Gardenhire on Friday. The Mets, Phillies and Nationals are still hunting for replacements.