Astros promote top prospect Carlos Correa to the major leagues


Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have called top prospect Carlos Correa to the major leagues, ahead of a three-game road series against the White Sox. Speculation of Correa’s promotion had been mounting recently and the first-place Astros certainly could use an upgrade over current shortstop Marwin Gonzalez, who has posted a .586 OPS.

Correa, 20, was the Astros’ first-round pick (first overall) in the 2012 draft from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy. He hit .385/.459/.726 with Double-A Corpus Christi to begin the year before earning a promotion to Triple-A Fresno in mid-May. In 107 PA with Fresno, Correa has a .266/.336/.447 triple-slash line.

Correa was rated as a consensus top-five prospect overall in baseball, according to Baseball America,, and Baseball Prospectus.

Texas Rangers ink free-agent ace Jacob deGrom to 5-year deal

Jacob deGrom
USA Today

ARLINGTON, Texas — Free-agent ace Jacob deGrom and the Texas Rangers agreed to a five-year contract Friday.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner leaves the New York Mets after nine seasons — the past two shortened by injuries.

After making his first start last season in early August, deGrom went 5-4 with a 3.08 ERA. He helped the Mets reach the playoffs, then opted out of his contract to become a free agent.

Texas announced the signing Friday night after the 34-year-old deGrom passed his physical.