After one of the most bizarre free-agency sagas in MLB offseason history, Carlos Correa has agreed to terms on his new contract. Only, it’s not with the New York Mets. In a shocking twist, Correa has agreed to a six-year, $200 million deal to return to the Minnesota Twins, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The deal is pending a physical, so it’s not quite complete yet, but it appears that he’s no longer headed to the Mets.
The contract includes a vesting option which could enable it to reach a maximum value of $270 million, Passan notes.
Correa had agreed to a massive contract with the San Francisco Giants earlier in the offseason, the organization pulled out at the last minute (Correa was literally dressed for his introductory press conference) and walked away from the deal. That opened the door for the New York Mets, and Steve Cohen confidently expressed that he thought they’d land Correa.
The Twins leaped in and began negotiations with Correa during that time and were able to snatch him out from the Mets clutches. They’re not on the hook for a 13-year deal like the Giants had originally agreed to sign Correa to, instead agreeing with him on a six-year deal.
Correa will have to undergo and successfully pass his physical with the Twins before any deal is completed. That was an issue for him with the Giants, and potentially the Mets, so it’s possible the Twins discover the same concerns the other teams did.
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