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Last Updated Mar 22, 2022, 02:27 AM

Minnesota Twins Sign Carlos Correa

Minnesota Twins Add Carlos Correa On Three-Year, Player Friendly Deal

This offseason has been a busy one for the Minnesota Twins. Minnesota dealt Mitch Garver for Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Ronny Henriquez on March 12, and the Twins dealt Josh Donaldson and Kiner-Falefa to the New York Yankees the following day for Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela. They didn’t stop there with their acquisition of Sonny Gray from the Cincinnati Reds, and now they have signed shortstop Carlos Correa to give their lineup a huge boost. Minnesota’s odds to win the AL Central have now dropped from +750 to +550 as a result of the deal.

The Twins Grab the Best Free Agent In the 2022 Class

Carlos Correa was considered the crown jewel left in this free agent class. Several teams courted the All-Star shortstop, but Minnesota was the team to land him. Correa signed a three-year, $105.3 million deal with player opt outs after each season. That makes him one of the five highest-paid players in the league in terms of average annual salary.

Correa was named an All-Star for the second time in his career last season. He has dealt with numerous injuries during his career though, missing at least 50 games in 2017, 2018, and 2019. When he is healthy, he is one of the best hitters in the game with a career .837 OPS, and he provides power at a position where we usually don’t see a lot of home runs.

Minnesota now has one of the most formidable lineups in the majors if their hitters can stay healthy. Byron Buxton has shown he is a true five-tool talent when he is on the field and posted a 1.005 OPS in 61 games last season. Jorge Polanco, Miguel Sano, Max Kepler, and Gary Sanchez all have the potential to hit 30 home runs, and Luis Arraez can get on base.

The Twins are clearly going for it despite the decision to trade Jose Berrios and Nelson Cruz last season. It will be tough for them to take out the White Sox for the AL Central title, but they have the potential to claim a Wild Card spot.

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