Reversing course for the second time, Carlos Correa on Tuesday agreed to a six-year, $200 million deal that keeps him with the Minnesota Twins after failing to finalize deals with the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants, he said a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The deal for the all-star shortstop could be worth $270 million over 10 seasons if Correa stays healthy. The agreement is subject to a successful physical examination, the person said, speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not announced.
Correa agreed on December 13 to a 13-year, $350 million contract with the Giants, who scheduled a press conference a week later to announce the deal and then made the announcement hours before it began over concerns about a Injuring his right ankle canceled Correa’s support in 2014.
Correa that night agreed to a 12-year, $315 million deal with the Mets, who also had concerns about the ankle after a physical exam on Dec. 22 and held back on completing the agreement while they tried to negotiate protections .
Minnesota’s deal includes options for $25 million in 2029, $20 million in 2030, $15 million in 2031 and $10 million in 2032, each guaranteed if Correa is in the had 502 or more recording appearances last season. The deal could be worth $225 million over seven seasons, $245 million over eight years and $260 million over nine seasons.
Correa’s options could also be triggered by a top 5 finish in MVP voting, a Silver Slugger award, or World Series or League Championship Series MVP.
After the physical, the Mets were willing to guarantee $157.5 million over six seasons, the person said.
Correa left Houston and joined the Twins last offseason on a three-year, $105.3 million deal that included opt-outs after each season. He pulled out of the deal after earning $35.1 million in 2022 to pursue a longer-term pact.
Correa, the first overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft and 2015 AL Rookie of the Year with Houston, has a .279 batting average with 155 homers and 553 RBIs in eight major league seasons. He was also a standout postseason performer with 18 homers and 59 RBIs in 79 games.
The two-time 2021 All-Star and Gold Glove winner has gushed about his time at Kleinmarkt Minnesota and how much he and his family enjoyed the community, claiming they’ve been there all the time, even when the bigger expenses are particularly haunting lucrative offseason for shortstops. Xander Boegarts, Trea Turner and Dansby Swanson also got rich.
The twins have made no secret of their strong desire to offer a contract unlike any other in the history of the midmarket franchise, with an eight-year, $184 million deal to renew catcher Joe Mauer’s previous record for height and length in 2010 . Twins players close to Correa stayed in touch with the Puerto Rico native, urging him to return.
However, the twins had their limitations. They acquired shortstop Kyle Farmer in a trade with the Reds for insurance on the position, while top prospect Royce Lewis continues his recovery from a cruciate ligament rupture that is expected to keep him out for at least the first half of 2023.
AP sportswriter Dave Campbell from Minneapolis contributed to this report.
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