On Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins made their best move of the offseason.
They signed Carlos Correa, their shortstop in the 2022 season, to a six-year, $200 million contract.
The deal has vesting options for the next four seasons after that, worth $25, $20, $15, and $10 million, respectively.
If he stays for the 10 full years, he could make $270 million.
Everybody in Minnesota is thrilled to have Correa back, including their leader and best player: Byron Buxton.
Buxton, the center fielder of the Twins, is widely considered their most productive player when healthy.
That’s the key phrase, “when healthy”, because his aggressive style of play has landed him on the shelf several times in his career.
Still, he remains a difference-maker and together with Correa, both have the potential to take the Twins to the postseason.
The two are close and evidently have a lot of chemistry, both on and off the field.
This cool video from June proves it.
And we back!!! ⚡️⚡️⚡️ https://t.co/RLvjwLAh6v
— Buck (@OfficialBuck103) January 10, 2023
Yes, the Twins collapsed in September, but the vibes back in June were immaculate.
The fact that Buxton took the time to look for this video and show it to the world with the phrase “and we back!” speak volumes about how excited he is to have his star teammate returning.
Correa led the Twins in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) last year with 4.4 in 136 games.
Buxton, however, was right behind with 4.0 in just 92 games in which he homered 28 times.
Both are offensive and defensive stalwarts, and both are talented enough to put the team on their backs and lead them back to October baseball.