Carlos Correa signing: Twins agree to six-year, $200M contract with no-star agent after long Mets debate

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The Minnesota Twins and free agent Carlos Correa are closing in on a six-year, $200 million contract that includes a vested option that could push the value to $270 million, Jim Bowden confirmed from CBS Sports headquarters on Tuesday. The deal is pending a physical, which has complicated Correa’s deals with the Giants and Mets who were in place earlier this season.

This decision comes after several weeks of confusion involving the Mets and Correa they reached a tentative agreement on a 12-year contract worth $315 million before the Mets delayed the shortstop’s physical. The Mets are believed to have had concerns about Correa’s lower right leg, which he had surgically repaired as a teenager.. Correa’s deal with the Mets was preceded by his 13-year, $350 million contract with the San Francisco Giants that fell apart over similar concerns. His agent, Scott Boras, chose to move on and seek other offers after the Giants took too long to reopen negotiations.

In subsequent negotiations with the Mets, the team’s offer was reduced to a six-year, $157.5 million annual corporate commitment, the N.e York Post reports. Here’s a complete timeline of Correa’s free agency saga.

It should be noted that Correa has not needed to stay on the injured list because of his right leg since entering action as a minor leaguer with the Houston Astros. The case, then, is predictable instead of prescriptive. Regarding Correa’s Twins physique, Jon Heyman reports that the part of the test regarding Correa’s ankle has already been completed, which means that the deal is likely to be approved from a medical point of view.

Here’s how the deal would break down:

Dan Hayes notes that the first $200 million is guaranteed and option years will be based on at-bat thresholds:

Correa, 28, entered the offseason ranked by CBS Sports as the third best free agent available this offseason. This is what we wrote:

In the past, we’ve mentioned Bill James’ theory that a player’s attitude is better if they start hot rather than being hot – so, James once said, their position looks longer . Correa can be a witness to the theory at work. He got off to a slow start, returning home only once in April and producing a depressed mood that carried into the summer, leading people to believe he was having a down year even as he picked up the his play during the summer. Check out his Baseball-Reference page now that the pages are falling and you’ll see that his OPS+ was higher in 2022 than 2021, a good enough season to earn him the top spot in the our free agent rankings last winter. Correa is still a very good player, in other words, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone if he gets his level and term this time around.

A two-time All-Star, Correa hit .291/.366/.467 with 22 home runs over 136 games in 2022 for the Twins. For his career, he has batted .279/.357/.479 while providing good defense at shortstop. It’s no surprise, then, how he’s amassed nearly 40 wins above replacement, putting him on what appears to be a Hall of Fame path.

Correa re-entered the free agent market after exercising an opt-out in his contract with Minnesota. Physically, the shorter contract span and lower total salary may make Correa’s Twins physically a little more detailed than what he got with the Mets and Giants. However, if this offseason has taught us anything, it’s that nothing is certain with Correa’s next contract until ink is on paper.

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