Team sources said Monday night that a spectacular reunion between Carlos Correa and the Twins is looking increasingly likely.
With the status of the mega-deal he agreed to last month with the New York Mets unresolved, the free-agent shortstop for the Twins is suddenly back in the mix. Two club sources said on Monday that talks between the Twins and Correa have begun to pick up pace. A separate major-league source also confirmed the development.
Talks are fluid, and the Mets aren’t necessarily out of bids. But 19 days have passed since the Mets reached an agreement with Correa on a 12-year, $315 million contract, pending materialization. The Mets, like the San Francisco Giants before them, became concerned over the condition of Correa’s right ankle during his medical review. As the parties continued to negotiate contract language, Correa’s agent, Scott Boras, reached out to other teams, including the Twins.
In November, Correa signed a three-year, $105.3 million contract with the Twins through March 2022. The replacement produced 22 home runs, 64 RBI and 4.9 wins over the previous season.
Minnesota’s original attempt, which included a 10-year, $285 million offer, failed when Correa agreed to a 13-year, $350 million contract with the Giants on December 14. A week after signing with San Francisco, the agreement fell apart over differences regarding Correa’s physical examination. The Mets deal stalled early for the same reason.
Despite those concerns, Boras and the Mets have tried to find a way to land the two-time All-Star shortstop for New York. Correa was originally so thrilled to hear that the Mets had signed him last month that he tackled Boras in a hotel bed during a celebration.
The Twins, however, have been in constant contact with Boras, the sources said, creating a potential landing spot if Correa’s deal with the Mets falls through.
All along, the Twins expected Correa and the Mets to finalize their agreement, but Twins President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey kept his club ready just in case.
While sources said that the Twins always knew that a big-market club could “blow them out of the water” on a big deal, the team made it clear that it was very interested in bringing Correa back and opted out. Was open to getting creative with the possibility of an out. and other security in a transaction.
Last March, Boras commended the twin front offices for their creativity after the two sides scrapped Korea’s original contract in a 14-hour period. The Twins gained experience putting together incentive-filled deals after signing a $100 million extension for oft-injured center fielder Byron Buxton through December 2021, completing a seven-year, one-year contract based on annual performance Includes up to $10 million in bonuses. Farm.
While the Twins will certainly want to conduct their physicals with Correa, the team already has a feel for his overall condition after conducting a thorough exam last March.
Even though the Twins took an exit test on Korea in October, they are often limited to areas of concern that go into a player’s trainer’s room during the regular season. Aside from an incident in May when Correa thought he had broken his finger, team sources indicated that the shortstop never set foot in the trainer’s room, even at second base in a September 20 contest. Not even after writhing in pain on the ground after a hard slide. in Kansas City.
After that game, Correa acknowledged that he had a metal plate inserted in his right foot, the result of an injury he suffered in the minor leagues in 2014.
“He just hit my plate,” Correa said, referring to the hardware on his foot. “I had surgery and it hit it. Just kind of felt the numbness. The vibration. So I waited for it to settle down. It was a little scary, but when I moved on I knew I was good.
Aside from the finger that cost him 12 games and late May with COVID-19 that resulted in missing eight games, Correa was fairly durable for the Twins. He appeared in 136 of the remaining 142 games and was a fixture in the lineup for an injury-plagued Twins team throughout the season.
The Twins liked what Correa brought to them in his one season, which was a mix of swagger and baseball savvy. And now, in another surprising twist, they’re in a position to bring the Korea saga full circle back to Minnesota.
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