The Houston Astros are feeling the crunch, so much so they’re reportedly considering trading star shortstop Carlos Correa to relieve some payroll pressure, according to The Athletic.
The news comes as the Astros are mulling bringing back ace free agent Gerrit Cole, which The Post’s Joel Sherman reported Tuesday.
Correa, the top pick in the 2012 draft, was instrumental in helping the Astros to the 2017 World Series title, and is projected for a $7.4 million payout in his second year of arbitration with a third potentially on tap before reaching unrestricted free agency status in 2022.
But signing the 25-year-old to a long-term deal could prove costly for a team that’s already over the second luxury tax threshold for next season, which would to a penalty tax.
If Cole leaves, Houston would have holes at pitching and catcher. Meanwhile, outfielder George Springer also is due a new contract and that won’t come cheap, either.