Carlos Correa reaches a new agreement with Twins
Puerto Rican Carlos Correa appears to be returning to the Twins.
The two-time All-Star shortstop is completing a $200 million, six-year deal with Minnesota, sources told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand and Jon Paul Morosi. The club has not confirmed the deal, which is subject to the results of medical exams, a step that derailed Correa’s previous deals with the Giants and Mets.
Correa’s new contract, if completed, includes an option that could take him up to $270 million.
Correa had reached a 13-year, $350 million deal with the Giants on Dec. 13, and after fears about a right ankle injury in 2014 ended up causing that deal to be dissolved, the 28-year-old arrived to a 12-year, $315 million deal with the Mets a week later. The Mets’ medical exams raised similar suspicions about Correa’s injury history, putting the signing on hiatus.
Despite receiving a final offer from the Mets, the shortstop set his sights on Minnesota, where he hit .291/.366/.467 in 2022 before opting out of the final two years of the three-year contract he had signed with the Mets. Twins after the 2021 season.
On the field in 2022, he was the same dependable Correa who served as a linchpin on the left side of Houston’s infield for the first seven seasons of his career. And maybe even better. In a year of very little offense, he posted his best batting average since 2017, while also hitting 22 homers and 24 doubles, helping him post a 5.2 bWAR.
Correa’s 39.5 career WAR is the sixth-best mark in AL/NL history for a player who primarily advocates shortstops through his first eight seasons, just behind Nomar Garciaparra and Hall of Famer Fame, Cal Ripken Jr.
An inquisitive player keen on modern metrics who also possesses a natural charisma, Correa quickly became a leader in the Minnesota clubhouse, able to connect with English-speaking and Spanish-speaking players alike. He earned special respect for his attitude and preparation.