Carlos Correa Sweepstakes Down to Twins, Giants; Padres Looming

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The Minnesota Twins have made it clear their intentions to sign Carlos Correa to a long term contract, even after deals for Trea Turner, Aaron Judge and others have likely pushed his market value between $300-$350 million.

Many have scoffed at the Twins’ ability to hang with baseball’s heaviest spenders once big dollar contracts with decade-long terms were tossed around. Yet, here we are.

Within the last hour, insiders Ken Rosenthal (The Athletic) and Jesse Rogers (ESPN) have both reported that the Twins are one of the final teams remaining at Correa’s negotiating table.

Twins’ Competition for Correa

Their main competition is the San Francisco Giants. But the San Diego Padres — and the $350 million they couldn’t get Judge or Turner to take — loom in the shadows, too.

So, where might Correa land? The Twins still want him. The Giants are perhaps the most obvious fit now that they have lost Aaron Judge to the Yankees. But with Xander Bogaerts reportedly close to returning to the Red Sox, the Padres cannot be dismissed. Ken Rosenthal (The Athletic)

Carlos Correa would mean all-in

If the Minnesota Twins can somehow win this auction for the next decade of Carlos Correa’s services, it would change everything about the future of this franchise and the front office takes this offseason.

Correa isn’t coming back to Minnesota to miss the playoffs again. Twins brass has probably agreed to add additional talent to their roster if he signs on, possibly even expanding their roster budget from $140 million to ~$180 million.

Remember, the Twins do not have to decide between a front-end starter or Carlos Correa. They can and should sign both.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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