Sep 20, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa (4) reacts while running off the field during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
BREAKING: Correa and Twins agree to deal
According to multiple sources, former Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, who played for the Minnesota Twins in 2022, looks poised to return to Minnesota. After deals with both the San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets fell apart due to concerns about a lower right leg injury unearthed in his physicals, the Twins started negotiations with Correa and his agent Scott Boras.
Sources indicate that the Twins and Correa are finalizing a six-year, $200 million contract. The deal has a vesting option that can max out at $270 million over four more years, as well as a no-trade clause. As of Wednesday morning, Correa passed his physical, making the deal official.
Earlier in the offseason, Correa agreed to a 13-year, $350 million contract with the Giants after the Giants failed to sign Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge. Just over a week later, after the Giants flagged Correa’s surgically repaired right leg, Correa and Boras jumped ship with the Giants and agreed to a 12-year, $315 million contract with the Mets. The deal shook the baseball world but made sense due to new Mets owner Steve Cohen’s heavy spending. However, as weeks progressed with no official announcement, the Mets grew concerned over the same injury.
According to numerous reports from around baseball, talks with the Twins began to heat up on Monday. Earlier in the offseason, it appeared the Twins were interested in bringing Correa back, but they could not compete in the market with his presumably high price tag. What the Twins offered him looked to be just enough to get Correa to agree with shorter years but a higher AAV.
There is reason for concern with Correa’s health as two teams have now passed on the opportunity to sign him after originally agreeing to terms. It leads most people to believe that even a shorter-term deal could be a risk for whoever had signed him. However, if he is healthy, the 28-year-old shortstop is among the best in the game at his position and can significantly impact a franchise’s future.