In a stunning move that rocked the baseball world, the Twins today announced the signing of free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa. The deal is reported to be worth $105.3 million over six years. “We are extremely excited to add Carlos to our team,” Twins GM Thad Levine said in a statement released this morning. “He is one of the most talented young players in the game and is sure to be a fan favorite here in Minnesota.”
Correa, who is just 26 years old, has already been named an All-Star and won a World Series with the Houston Astros. He is a career .277 hitter with 93 home runs and 309 RBIs. Twins fans are sure to be excited about the addition of Correa to an already talented lineup that includes stars like Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton, and Max Kepler. Welcome to Minnesota, Carlos! We can’t wait to see what you can do in a Twins uniform. Go Twins!
The signing of Correa comes as a bit of a surprise given the Twins’ recent history of being reluctant to spend big money on free agents. But it’s clear that they are serious aboutending for a championship in 2020, and Correa will be a big part of that quest. Twins president Dave St. Peter said, “This is a significant day for our organization and Twins fans everywhere. Carlos Correa is an elite talent and we’re thrilled to have him as part of the Twins family.”
We’ll have to wait and see how the Twins’ lineup looks on Opening Day, but one thing is for sure: with Correa in the mix, it’s going to be one of the most dangerous lineups in all of baseball.
Top two from 2012
In 2012, the first overall pick in the MLB Draft was Carlos Correa. He was taken by the Houston Astros and has since become a two-time All Star. Yesterday, he was introduced as a new teammate of Byron Buxton on the Minnesota Twins. The two were the top two picks in that 2012 draft. Both players have gone on to have successful careers. Correa has helped the Astros to the playoffs in six of his seven seasons, including a World Series win in 2017. He was also named AL Rookie of the Year in 2015. Buxton, meanwhile, has become one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball and is a two-time Gold Glove winner. He’s also been an All Star once, in 2019. The Twins are lucky to have both of these talented players on their team. Thanks for reading! Top two from 2012 out! Carlos Correa comes to Minnesota Twins via Houston Astros with fellow 2012 draftee Byron Buxton. What does this mean for the Twins? Carlos Correa is a two-time All Star that has helped the Houston Astros to the playoffs in six of his seven seasons. In 2017, he won the World Series with the Astros. He was also named AL Rookie of the Year in 2015. Buxton, on the other hand, is considered one of baseball’s best defensive outfielders and is a two-time Gold Glove winner. The Twins are lucky to have drafted both of these talented players in 2012. Thanks for reading! Top two from 2012 out! Carlos Correa comes to Minnesota Twins via Houston Astros with fellow 2012 draftee Byron Buxton. What does this mean for the Twins?
Lewis still on deck
There’s been a lot of talk about the Correa contract and how it will impact the Twins moving forward. Correa is set to make $24 million over the next three seasons, with an opt-out after the 2020 season. This gives the Twins some flexibility, as they could potentially only need Correa for one season. They have top prospect Royce Lewis waiting in the wings, so they won’t be too reliant on Correa. Regardless, this is an interesting contract and should be fun to watch unfold!
Correa’s $35.1 million wages for 2022 are behind just Mets bottle Max Scherzer ($ 44.33 million), Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole ($ 36 million) and Angel’s facility fielder Mike Trout ($ 35.54 million).
The Twins probably aren’t done including gamers in spring training– they authorized reliever Joe Smith later Saturday. Also, they could be concentrated on one more deal to acquire a beginning bottle, although they would likely have to surrender some leading leads. They have already sent their top choice in the 2021 draft, pitcher Chase Petty, to the Reds to get Sonny Gray, that predicted as the No. 1 starter this season.
However, there’s no question that Correa transforms the Doubles’ period outlook and gives them maybe the best up-the-middle defensive positioning in the league.
“The center of our area is mosting likely to be a lockdown” righthander Bailey Ober said of having Correa, Polanco, and Buxton behind him. “It will be quite amazing to see those people playback there.”