Carlos Correa Looking for Long-Term Contract with Houston Astros

Carlos Correa is looking for a long-term deal…

The 26-year-old Puerto Rican professional baseball shortstop says he’s hoping for a long-term contract with the Houston Astros, but wants to seal any deal before Opening Day.

Carlos Correa

“I feel so good, my body feels so great and I feel like I’m going to have such a great season that once the season starts, I don’t want to be involved with or distracted with those conversations,” said Correa after the Astros held their first full-squad workout of the spring.

The Astros avoided arbitration with Correa, who can become a free agent at the end of the season, by signing him to a one-year, $11.7 million contract.

Correa has spent his entire career with the Astros after they selected him with the first overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. He said he’d like to stay in Houston, but so far, the team hasn’t talked to him about an extension.

“There’s no talks right now about that,” he said. “Talks are nowhere right now. I leave that up to my agent and the organization, but right now, there’s no talks about it. I haven’t heard from them since the arbitration was settled. That’s where we are right now.”

If Correa does hit the free-agent market, he’ll do it with a strong group of shortstops that could include Javier BáezFrancisco Lindor, Trevor Story and Corey Seager. Correa will be just 27 years old when he’s eligible for free agency if he doesn’t agree to an extension with the Astros.

 

“I’ll be really young. I’ll be one of the youngest players going to free agency next year,” he said. “I feel like it would take the right deal to stay here. I’m not going to sell myself short, but at the same time, I know what I’m worth. … I’m expecting to have a great, healthy season, which will help my case for free agency being the youngest shortstop out there. We’ll see how it goes.”

Houston’s other two stars on the infield have already agreed to long-term contracts — second baseman Jose Altuve signed a five-year, $151 million deal in 2018 and third baseman Alex Bregman agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract in 2019. The Astros lost star outfielder George Springer this offseason when he signed a six-year, $150 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.

 

Correa, who was the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year, is a career .276 hitter with 107 homers and 397 RBIs in six major league seasons. He hit .264 with five homers and 25 RBIs in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, but he heated up in the postseason where he had six homers and 17 RBIs to help the Astros to the America League Championship Series.

Evaluna Montaner Releases Romantic Ballad “Uno Mas Uno”

Evaluna Montaner is feelin’ the love…

On the one-year anniversary of marriage with Camilo, the 23-year-old Venezuelan singer and actress — one of Billboard‘s Latin Artists to Watch in 2021 – has released her first single of the year, “Uno Mas Uno.”

Evaluna Montaner

She co-wrote the romantic ballad, which features an enchanting piano melody and Evaluna’s dulcet vocals, with Camilo and JP Saxe.

Cómo puede ser, que algo que no puedo tocar sea más real que lo que puedo tocar? Que algo que no puedo ver sea más real que lo que puedo ver?” say the nostalgic lyrics.

In the music video, Evaluna performs the heartfelt song at the beach with a lone piano and the sunset in the background.

Camilo makes a cameo at the end.

“I’m the most fortunate because I have you close, walking with me every step,” she expressed on Instagram of her husband and Latin pop star.

“Uno Más Uno” is part of Evaluna’s upcoming debut EP.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Volunteers at Houston Food Bank After Raising Nearly $5 Million for Texas Winter Storm Relief

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t just fundraising to help winter storm-battered Texans, she’s also giving her time…

A fundraising effort spearheaded by the 31-year-old Bronx-born Puerto Rican politician, currently serving as the U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district, to help people in the Lone Star State affected by this week’s winter storms has raised nearly $5 million in just a few days.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

And, on Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez visited the state to celebrate the success of the fundraising effort, which will go to local organizations providing Texans food assistance, homelessness relief and elder care.

She was joined by Democratic Texas Reps. Sylvia Garcia and Sheila Jackson Lee, all of whom helped fill boxes at the Houston Food Bank.

“When disaster strikes, this is not just an issue for Texans; this is an issue for our entire country,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters. “And our whole country needs to come and rally together behind the needs of Texans all across this state.”

She added: “That’s the New York spirit, that’s the Texas spirit, and that’s the American spirit.”

Winter storms across Texas left dozens dead, knocked out power for millions for several days and many still don’t have safe drinking water.

Garcia said the fundraising idea was spurred by Ocasio-Cortez, who sent her a text saying she wanted to help. “You know, we’re from Texas right?” Garcia told reporters. “Who does things with New York? We always kind of make fun of New York. But this time we love New York.”

Ocasio-Cortez announced the fundraising Thursday afternoon on Twitter. Within two hours, the effort had pulled in $325,000 in donations. By Friday morning, the total was up to $2 million. As of Saturday afternoon, $4 million, according to Ocasio-Cortez. And, by Sunday, that amount was at nearly $5 million.

The money will go toward several organizations, including the Houston Food Bank, Family Eldercare, Feeding Texas and the Bridge Homeless Recovery Center. But charity itself, while helpful, doesn’t replace the need for policies that prevent power grids from failing in the future, Ocasio-Cortez said.

“We need to make sure that we make short- and long-term policy decisions to that this devastation — preventable devastation — never happens again,” she said.

A number of factors contributed to the massive power failures in Texas, which relies on its own electricity grid.

Aaron Sanchez Agrees to One-Year, $4 Million Deal with San Francisco Giants

Aaron Sanchez has agreed to a giant(s) deal…

The 28-year-old Mexican American professional baseball pitcher has finalized a $4 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, giving the club another experienced starter to join Johnny Cueto in the rotation.

Aaron Sanchez

The Giants said Sanchez could earn up to $2.5 million more in performance bonuses based on starts: $250,000 each for 16 and 18 starts and $500,000 each for 20, 22, 24 and 26 games started. He has been plagued by injuries in recent years.

Sanchez hasn’t pitched since 2019, sitting out last year’s shortened season while recovering from surgery on his pitching shoulder. He went 5-14 with a 5.89 ERA over 27 starts and 131⅓ innings playing for Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros.

A 2016 MLB All-Star for the Blue Jays, he made only 20 starts in 2018 and eight starts the year before because of a blister and split fingernail.

The Giants cleared room on the 40-man roster for Sanchez by designating right-hander Trevor Gott for assignment.

Karol G Teams Up with Anuel AA & J Balvin for Country-Tinged Track “Location”

Karol G’s gone country…

The 30-year-old Colombian singer has joined voices with Anuel AA and J Balvin for “Location,” a country-tinged track that deftly fuses reggaetón and hip-hop.

Karol G

On “Location” — which starts off country but quickly picks up speed and transitions into an irresistible reggaeton track — Karol G is feeling cheeky, asking her crush to send his location because “hoy tengo mala intencion,” she confesses.

Produced by Ovy on the Drums, “Location” follows Karol G’s chart-topping hit “Bichota,” which also has a Western vibe to it.

“I like to give my fans a unique experience with every single release, both musically and visually,” Karol G said about “Location.” “It’s a very special song for me because I was able to collaborate with artists that I admire and we were able to fuse reggaeton/hip-hop/country influences into an amazing song and video filled with energy and rodeo vibes!”

Bad Bunny Teams Up with Rosalia for Steamy “SNL” Performance of “La Noche De Anoche”

Bad Bunny brought the heat to Saturday Night Live

During his debut on NBC’s late-night sketch comedy show, the 26-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer joined voices with Rosalia for a steamy performance of their recent collaboration “La Noche De Anoche.”

Rosalia x Bad Bunny, SNL

Set against a neon-lit background, the artists romantically serenaded each other before embracing tightly for the finale.

And, the crowd soaked up every moment of the performance.

“La Noche De Anoche” is the latest single from Bad Bunny’s El Último Tour del Mundo, his third LP of 2020, which was released in December. It was the first-ever entirely Spanish-language album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

 

Gerardo Ortiz Releases Décimo Aniversario Album to Commemorate His Decade-Long Career

Gerardo Ortiz is celebrating a music milestone…

The 31-year-old Mexican American singer-songwriter and Regional Mexican star has released his 10th studio album Décimo Aniversario to commemorate his decade in music.

Gerardo Ortiz

The 11-track set reflects Ortiz’s versatility featuring hard-hitting corridos, mariachi ballads and banda.

On one end of the spectrum, the album features hard-hitting corridos like “Don Jesús” and “Gente de Joaquín.”

If corridos aren’t your thing, there’s also cumbia and slowed-down ballads like “Mi Niña Bonita” and “Y A Mí Que Me Queda.”

“I wanted to make an album for the pueblo,” says Ortiz about Décimo Aniversario. “Something my grandma or my aunt can listen to at home.”

Oscar Valdez Scores Knockout of the Year Against Miguel Berchelt to Claim WBC Junior Lightweight Title

Oscar Valdez has scored the knockout of the year…

The 30-year-old Mexican boxer, a former WBO featherweight titleholder and a two-time Olympian, took down Miguel Berchelt at the MGM Grand on Saturday night to claim the WBC junior lightweight title.

Oscar Valdez

Valdez’s upset win came after he rocked Berchelt (38-2, 34 KOs) with a left hook in the final second of the 10th round in an immediate favorite for knockout of the year.

Many expected Saturday’s fight between Berchelt and Valdez (29-0, 23 KOs)

to be a back-and-forth bout between two Mexican fighters. But, the violence was mostly one-sided.

Oscar Valdez

“There’s nothing better in life than proving people wrong,” said Valdez, who entered the fight as a plus-240 underdog, according to Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill. “I have a list of people who doubted me. My idols doubted me. Boxing analysts doubted me. They said Berchelt was going to knock me out. I have a message to everybody: Don’t’ let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do.

Berchelt, whose only other professional loss came via TKO in 2014, remained on his back on the canvas for several minutes but was eventually able to sit and stand with assistance.

He was taken to a hospital afterward, and Top Rank president Todd DuBoef told ESPN that he underwent a CT scan that came back clear. Berchelt was expected to be released from the hospital Saturday night.

The stunning walk-off shot might have overshadowed the fact the much smaller Valdez dominated the fight. He scored knockdowns in the fourth and 10th rounds and was well ahead on all three judges’ scorecards at the time of the finish.

Judges had Valdez, who was born in Mexico but grew up in Arizona, ahead by scores of 89-80, 88-81 and 87-82.

“Oscar Valdez proved he is one of the great Mexican champions,” said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. “An absolute masterpiece in the ring tonight.”

Valdez outlanded Berchelt 149-99 in total punches and 103-64 in power punches, according to CompuBox.

The victory, which is Valdez’s third consecutive appearance at 130 pounds, could set up a junior lightweight title fight between Valdez and Top Rank’s Shakur Stevenson (15-0, 8 KOs), who was in attendance inside the “bubble” on Saturday and has expressed interest in taking on Valdez. Top Rank president Todd DuBoef said he would love to set up a fight between the two undefeated junior lightweights.

“I want to take this belt home, and I’m happy for that. Any champion out there … I heard Shakur Stevenson wants to fight,” Valdez said. “Let’s do it. I just want to keep on fighting and give the fans what they want.”

Paloma Mami Releases New Single “Religiosa”

It’s an experiencia religiosa for Paloma Mami.

The 21-year-old Chilean American newcomer, whose real name is Paloma Rocío Castillo Astorga, has released her new single “Religiosa,” which forms part of her upcoming debut studio album Sueños de Dali.

Paloma Mami

The song is the fourth single following “Mami,” “Goteo” and “For Ya.”

In true Paloma Mami fashion, the songstress sings in Spanish and English over a sultry Latin R&B beat.

She sings about a love so pure and real that it makes her feel spiritual.

“I became obsessed with your gaze/ There are no gray days by your side/ I always want you to take care of me/ I don’t like it when you say goodbye,” says part of the lyric.

The homemade music video features Paloma Mami with her real-life boyfriend.

“Every song takes you on a different journey and I know so many will identify with each of these moments and feelings that I’ve expressed through each song,” she said of her upcoming album, set for release on March 19.

VF7 Teams Up with Lunay for New Reggaeton Track “Codigo Secreto”

VF7 is sharing a new secret

The teen Puerto Rican urban singer, whose real name is Valeria Fernández, has joined voices with Lunay to release the new single “Codigo Secreto.

VF7

The catchy reggaeton track is about two people who like each other and are going back-and-forth on why they’re so special.

“I don’t know what I need to do so you can understand that I’m yours and you’re mine,” sings Lunay.

“Codigo Secreto” is one of the two collaborations on VF7’s debut studio album  Núcleo, which flaunts her evolution and versatility as an artist.

The album is home to 10 songs including her Jay Wheeler-assisted “No Te Quiero Ver (Remix).”