Astros promote top prospect Carlos Correa to the major leagues

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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, MLB.com, and Baseball Prospectus.

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

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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.