Star shortstop Carlos Correa and the Minnesota Twins are finalizing a six-year, $200 million deal, pending a physical, after weeks of talks about salvaging a deal with the New York Mets, ESPN have been told. sources close to the situation.
The stunning turn caps a whirlwind month for Correa, who agreed to a 13-year, $350 million contract with the San Francisco Giants on December 13. who offered him a 12-year, $315 million contract. The Mets also flagged his physique, and efforts to change the deal collapsed, bringing Correa back to Minnesota, where he also signed after a topsy-turvy offseason last year.
The deal includes a four-year, $70 million vesting option and will become official if Correa passes a medical, which is currently pending. The focus will be on his right leg, which he broke in 2014 in a minor league game, and a source said the Twins expect to be comfortable with that. Correa didn’t spend any time on the injured reserve list for a right leg ailment during his eight-year big league career, but Giants and Mets medical staff were concerned about how the leg would age.
Correa, 28, is among the best shortstops in the game and came into the winter hoping for the mega-contract that eluded him last offseason, when he settled for a three-year, $105.3 million contract with the Twins that included an opt-out option after the first season. Correa hit .291/0.366/0.467 with 22 homers and a top defense, leaving the Twins hopeful he would consider returning after asking for free agency.
Minnesota never intended to play in the $300 million-plus quarter, and after Aaron Judge returned to the New York Yankees, the Giants, looking for a franchise player, have exceeded that number for Correa, leaving the Twins to try to salvage their winter. by signing outfielder Joey Gallo and receiver Christian Vazquez. All the while they’ve been hiding as a back-up plan for Correa, excited to potentially add him to a roster that also includes All-Stars Byron Buxton and Luis Arraez in addition to top prospect Royce Lewis, Jose Miranda, Jorge Polanco , Max Kepler, Nick Gordon, Alex Kirilloff and Trevor Larnach.
If Correa passes his physical — the Twins know his medical situation better than any other team and earlier this winter were considering a 10-year, $285 million deal, which is roughly what the current deal is. would terminate if the option was vested. – Minnesota will enter 2023 with strong hopes of winning the American League Central Division.
The Mets, meanwhile, will enter spring training without the player’s owner, Steve Cohen, telling the New York Post “puts us over it” just after the team and Correa got together. agreement on the terms. It was the shock of winter, a middle-of-the-night coup by the Mets that took the most expensive team in baseball history and added a two-time All-Star and a vaunted postseason entertainer who would push the payroll close to $500 million.
What came next mirrored what had allowed the Mets to tempt Correa in the first place. When the Giants balked at giving Correa the fourth-biggest contract in baseball history because of the leg, he wasted no time, accepting the Mets less than 12 hours later. After the Mets’ physical raised similar questions, Correa’s agent Scott Boras continued to engage in discussions with the team, aware that a second failed physical could potentially torpedo Correa’s market. Talks with the Mets approached three weeks, and the lack of substantial progress pushed Correa back into the market, dodgy medicals and all.
They certainly ended up having an effect on the length of the deal, although Correa’s average annual salary of $33.3 million is the second highest in the role, behind Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor. , with whom Correa had planned to play third base. The deal is less than the total amount of 11-year deals signed by fellow shortstops Trea Turner ($300 million with Philadelphia) and Xander Bogaerts ($280 million with San Diego) this winter, but only follows the judge’s nine-year contract and $360 million in a year value.