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Carlos Correa signing: Twins agree to six-year deal with star shortstop after lengthy Mets debacle

Carlos Correa signing: Twins agree to six-year deal with star shortstop 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, ESPN reports. The deal is pending a physical, which has complicated Correa’s deals with the Giants and Mets that were in place earlier this offseason. CBS Sports HQ’s Jim Bowden has confirmed the agreement.

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. 

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.

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 the course of the summer. Check his Baseball-Reference page now that the leaves are falling and you’ll notice that his OPS+ was higher in 2022 than 2021, a season good enough to earn him the top spot in our free-agent rankings last winter. Correa remains a very good player, in other words, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone if this time around he gets his rate and term.

A two-time All-Star, Correa hit .291/.366/.467 with 22 home runs across 136 games in 2022 for the Twins. For his career, he’s batted .279/.357/.479 while providing good defense at shortstop. It’s…

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