The New York Mets apparently gave up on the prospect of signing star shortstop Carlos Correa.
After the team found out something they didn’t like on his physical (and old leg injury), the two sides couldn’t agree on the best way to protect against that popping up in the future.
As a result, Correa started talking to other teams and found an agreement he liked with the Minnesota Twins.
The Minnesota Twins are signing Carlos Correa to a 6-year, $200M contract, pending physical. The deal can reach $270M with vesting options for four additional years.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) January 10, 2023
If the option(s) vest(s), Correa could end up making a cool $270 million.
It’s not quite the $350 million he was going to make with the San Francisco Giants (who also ran away from his right leg) or the $315 million he was scheduled to make with the Mets, but it’s a sizable amount of money.
If he is healthy like he says he is, the $270 million is a reasonable goal.
Jokes, of course, were plentiful in Twitterland on Tuesday afternoon.
After all, this is Correa’s third $200 million deal of the offseason, somehow.
— Mike Sellers (@puk32ellers) January 10, 2023
Which team is Carlos correa on today!?
— Nacho Nordberg (@Pgn3540) January 10, 2023
So over Carlos Correa and this contract bs…I’ve never seen/heard of a player agreeing to terms with three different teams in a matter of one offseason
— pmccall210 (@pmccall210) January 10, 2023
Correa looked healthy on his way to a .291/.366/.467 line with 22 home runs and 4.4 Wins Above Replacement (WAR) last year with the Twins.
Prior to the 2022 campaign, he had agreed to a $105.3 deal over three years with opt-outs after every season.
Carlos Correa's offseason:
11/7: Opts out of 2 years, $70.2M left on Twins contract
12/13: Agrees to 13 year, $350M contract with Giants
12/21: Agrees to 12 year, $315M contract with Mets
1/10: Agrees to 6 year, $200M contract with Twins with options to reach $270M pic.twitter.com/wEQvMU9sAH
— Elite Dingers (@elitedingers) January 10, 2023
With that kind of campaign, he ended up opting out.
It appears that, for him, third time is the charm.
We will have to wait for the Twins to confirm the agreement after the physical, though.
He is a world-class addition to the Twins’ lineup, though, and they suddenly look like bonafide contenders in the AL Central.