Smith: MLB lockout gets in way of Carlos Correa’s huge payday

And now we wait.

For Rob Manfred, Tony Clark, billionaires and multi-millionaires to eventually find middle ground.

For Major League Baseball to get its act together again, hopefully in time for the scheduled start of Opening Day.

The 2022 Astros are supposed to play their first spring training game on Feb. 26, then open their real 162-game season on March 31 against Philadelphia inside Minute Maid Park.

If both of those events are ultimately untouched by this lockout, then MLB’s first work stoppage in 26 years will be fading history by the time that Houston starts regularly hitting 95 degrees again.

Baseball, as always, will go on. Stadiums will be refilled – unless 2021-22 somehow turns into 1994-95. Manfred will still widely be viewed as a villain across the country, while the little-seen Clark will also fade into the background.

Speaking of fading into the background … this city’s daily Carlos Correa Watch has officially been placed on pause.

Corey Seager and Marcus Semien were (over?)paid by the Rangers before all contract negotiations ceased between MLB’s 30 clubs, agents and players. As a whole, baseball went crazy in the days leading up to the lockout, handing out ridiculous new guaranteed deals with the understanding that the sport was days away from entering a hard freeze.

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