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Carlos Correa likely headed for free agency as contract talks with Astros hit stalemate

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Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa with his new hairdo during spring training workouts for the Astros at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida, Friday, February 26, 2021.Karen Warren/Staff photographer

OAKLAND, Calif. — Negotiations between Carlos Correa and the Astros appear over, meaning Houston’s homegrown shortstop will test free agency this winter.

“He’s been very up front, obviously publicly and with us, that once we get to opening day he wants to focus on winning another championship for the city of Houston and we respect that,” general manager James Click said on Thursday.

“Hopefully we can pick it back up at the appropriate time. Our door is always open. But he wants to focus on winning and obviously we do too.”

In February, after reiterating his desire to remain in Houston, Correa established opening day as a deadline for any contract extension negotiations. Last month, the 26-year-old shortstop said he would “absolutely not” soften the deadline.

The Astros offered him a six-year extension worth around $120 million, a deal Correa called “really low.” The two sides did not speak for nearly two weeks before briefly reengaging over the weekend.

Correa will be the youngest member of a star-studded shortstop class this winter. Francisco Lindor set the bar for it on Wednesday night, agreeing to a 10-year, $341 million extension with the New York Mets.

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