For the third time this offseason, Carlos Correa has agreed to a deal. On Tuesday morning, ESPN baseball insider Jeff Passan announced that Correa agreed on a six-year deal to remain with the Twins.
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
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Earlier in the offseason, Carlos Correa agreed to a massive contract with the San Francisco Giants, but when that deal fell apart due to a failed physical, he agreed to a 12-year, $315 million contract with the Mets. Once again, Correa’s physical presented warning signs about his surgically-repaired ankle, which led the Mets to back off. The two sides tried and failed to re-negotiate.
As Passan stated, the Correa-Twins signing is still pending a physical, so Twins fans might want to hold their breath. But for now, it appears as though he will stay in the Twin Cities for the foreseeable future.
What Carlos Correa Deal Means For Mets & Twins 2023 World Series Odds
The Mets will remain a World Series favorite despite missing the boat on Correa. Per DraftKings, the Mets are +700 to win the World Series, behind only the Houston Astros (+600). While the Mets were +1000 to win the 2023 World Series before the original agreement with Correa, it appears as though they’ll remain at the current mark despite the Twins stealing the prized shortstop. The Twins are still a long shot at +5000 to win next year’s World Series.
According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Mets offered Correa an eight-year $210 million deal. He could have made an additional $110 million from a 12-year deal, but that money would not be fully guaranteed due to the issues presented by the physical.
Several teams sought Carlos Correa last offseason, but he ended up taking a bet on himself by signing a one-year deal with Minnesota. He slashed .291/.366/.467 with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs. After the Twins’ season concluded, Correa expressed his interest in staying with the organization long-term.
“The decision, it’s very simple,” Correa said, per The Athletic. “I’m going to have some conversations with the front office here and see where their headspace is at and where they’re at in terms of — I talked about marriage in terms of building a long-term relationship and then we go from there. But we all know you know the game enough to know what my decision is going to be like. And I love this team. I love this organization. My wife loves it here, loves it in Minnesota. Loves all the wives. She is very happy there. My wife’s happiness is my happiness. If everything is good at home, then it reflects on the field.”
“So, obviously, that’s something that I take dearly into consideration. But at the same time, I want to make sure that my son and my family are taken care of. Hopefully, the Twins can see the player that I am, the person that I am, the passion that I have for this game and the love that I have for this game and we can get into some serious conversations.”
Carlos Correa should end up staying with the Twins for the long haul. But Mets fans shouldn’t feel too low about how things transpired — they still have a tremendous roster capable of competing next season.