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Carlos Correa signing: Twins agree to six-year, $200M deal with star free agent after lengthy Mets debacle

Carlos Correa signing: Twins agree to six-year, $200M deal with star free agent after lengthy Mets debacle


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

This possible resolution comes after a messy several weeks in which the Mets and Correa reached a tentative agreement on a 12-year contract worth $315 million before the Mets hesitated over the shortstop’s physical. It’s believed that the Mets had concerns about Correa’s right lower leg, which he had surgically repaired as a teenager. Correa’s agreement with the Mets was preceded by his 13-year, $350 million deal with the San Francisco Giants that fell apart over similar concerns. His agent, Scott Boras, elected to move on and solicit other offers after the Giants took too long to reopen negotiations. 

In subsequent negotiations with the Mets, the team’s offer was reduced to six years, $157.5 million guaranteed with annual physicals, the New York Post reports. Here’s a complete timeline of the Correa free agency saga.

It should be noted that Correa has not required a stay on the injured list because of his right leg since undergoing the operation as a minor-league player with the Houston Astros. The matter, then, is a predictive one instead of a prescriptive one. As for Correa’s Twins physical, Jon Heyman reports that the portion of the exam concerning Correa’s ankle has already been completed, which means the deal is likely to be approved from the medical standpoint. 

Here’s how the deal would break down: 

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

Correa, 28, entered the offseason ranked by CBS Sports as the third-best free agent available this offseason. Here’s what we wrote:

In the past, we’ve referenced Bill James’ theory that it’s better for a player’s perception if they start hot rather than finish hot — that way, James once reasoned, their statline looks better for longer. Correa may be evidence of the theory at work. He started slowly, homering just once in April and producing a depressed statline that lingered into the summertime, leading people to believe he was having a down year even as he picked up his play over…

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