The Minnesota Twins stun the baseball world, sign Carlos Correa

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 22: Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros looks on from the dugout during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 22, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 22: Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros looks on from the dugout during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 22, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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The Minnesota Twins have stunned the baseball world. Just after midnight C.T., Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston reported that the Twins have signed former Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa as a free agent.

Carlos Correa is going to be with the Minnesota Twins for the foreseeable future

Former Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa will be a member of the Minnesota Twins for the next three years. Yes, you read that right: only for three years.

The two sides agreed to a deal that will pay Correa $105.3 million for the next three years, for an average annual value (AAV) of $35.1 million per season. As Berman noted, it is the highest AAV for an infielder.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the deal came together very quickly and that Correa has an opt-out after each season.

It is a stunner of a move in a few ways. First of all, the Twins actually signing him. They were reportedly in on Trevor Story but Story wouldn’t have cost that much.

Secondly, the Twins still do not have a good starting rotation. Dylan Bundy is their #2 starter so to contend in the easily winnable AL Central, the Twins will have to make some upgrades there. They already traded for Sonny Gray but he will need more help.

Third, Correa’s market obviously never materialized for the length he wanted. MLB Trade Rumors (and plenty of others) predicted that he would get a ten-year deal (MLBTR predicted $320 million). So Correa exceeded the AAV but he was nowhere close on the length … and it’s easy to see why.

Correa is one of the best players in baseball … when he’s healthy. He was healthy in 2021 as he played in 148 games. He hit .279/.366/.485 with 26 homers, 92 RBI, 34 doubles, and an OPS+ 131. He was an All-Star, won a Gold Glove Award, and came in fifth in AL MVP voting.

But the last time Correa played in more than 110 games in the regular season was in 2016 because of the 2020 shortened season and injuries in the prior three seasons.

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The Twins unloaded some payroll earlier this week when they traded Josh Donaldson to the Yankees so the Twins were able to afford this deal for Correa.

Now, they have to turn to their rotation, which will need some serious help before Opening Day.