After a couple of weeks of intense negotiations with the New York Mets over the new terms of the contract they agreed to around Christmas, shortstop Carlos Correa made a shocking turnaround.
Unhappy with the Mets and unable to reach a definitive agreement over “protective language” about an old injury that scared two teams away, Correa decided to re-open negotiations with the Minnesota Twins.
Those talks resulted in, finally, a new and hopefully definitive agreement.
“BREAKING: Shortstop Carlos Correa and the Minnesota Twins are finalizing a six-year, $200 million contract, sources tell ESPN. The deal has a vesting option that can max out at $270 million. It is pending physical,” MLB insider Jeff Passan tweeted.
BREAKING: Shortstop Carlos Correa and the Minnesota Twins are finalizing a six-year, $200 million contract, sources tell ESPN. The deal has a vesting option that can max out at $270 million. It is pending physical.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 10, 2023
We will have to wait for the full details of the pact, but there are several things to digest there.
The first and most obvious one is that Correa didn’t quite get the $300 million contract he was seeking since last season.
However, $200 million is not too shabby, and if he has a chance to earn as much as $270 million, it’s still a nice deal for him.
Still, $33.3 million per year on average is an excellent get for the star shortstop.
Second, it’s important to point out that the deal is pending a physical.
The physical is what derailed his agreements with the San Francisco Giants (for $350 million) and the Mets (for $315 million).
One would think that any concerns the Twins have are eased by the approximately $100 million discount in the total value of the deal, but it’s better if we wait for confirmation and the physical is complete.
The Twins get their star player to pair with Byron Buxton, and their chances in the AL Central have been boosted considerably.