Carlos Correa opts to stay in Minnesota: reaches a six-year, $200 million deal
After all, it seems that the Puerto Rican Carlos Correa will not move from city.
Correa and the Minnesota Twins agreed today to a six-year, $200 million contract, multiple specialized baseball outlets reported today. ESPN was the first to report the deal, and it was later confirmed by The Athletic.
The agreement is not yet official and still depends on a physical examination.
According to reports, the agreement contains several clauses that could increase the amount to $270 million. For example, as reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, if Correa achieves 502 at-bats in the sixth season of the contract, a seventh year and an additional 25 million are guaranteed.
The news comes after The Athletic reported on Monday night that the negotiations between Correa and the Twins “were accelerating”, taking advantage of an alleged deadlock in the talks between Correa and the New York Mets, who had reached a 12-year, $315 million deal three weeks ago.
A week ago, journalist Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported that at least two additional teams had “touched base” with Correa after seeing that his negotiations with the Mets did not close. The Twins were one of his teams.
Correa played last season with the Twins, who signed the Puerto Rican in early 2022 for $105.7 million and three years in his first appearance on the market. After last season, the Puerto Rican exercised the clause to get out of the pact and return to free agency.
With the Twins, he appeared in 136 games and hit .291 with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs.
Minnesota had reportedly offered a 10-year, $285 million deal at the start of free agency. The new agreement could come close to that total if all the clauses are executed.
According to The Athletic, the Twins always knew that a “big market” team would beat them in the race to tie up Correa. “The team was always clear that it was very interested in bringing Correa back, and was open to being creative with opt-out options and other protections in the deal,” read the story signed by journalists Dan Hayes and Ken Rosenthal. .
Today’s news seems to put an end to the ‘roller coaster’ for the Puerto Rican baseball player, who is being represented by agent Scott Boras.
The deal with the Mets came after the collapse of a $350 million, 13-year deal with the San Francisco Giants, who raised flags over physical exam results before introducing the star player at a news conference.
Like the Giants, the Mets are concerned about an old operation on Correa’s right fibula, performed in 2014 after he was injured in the minor leagues sliding to base, which has prevented the signing from being made official.
In the case of the Twins, they already carried out their own medical examinations before signing him a year ago, although they would repeat the evaluations for a new agreement.