Twins’ Offer to Correa Proves Some Things Never Change

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The Minnesota Twins wanted us to believe they were a legitimate threat to sign Carlos Correa to a long-term contract. Some fell for it (myself included), others didn’t. Once again, the skeptics were proven correct.

On Tuesday night, Correa signed a massive 13-year contract with the San Francisco Giants worth a total of $350 million. At first glance, it’s hard to blame the Twins.

13 years is a long, long time. But shortly after the deal between the Giants and Correa was announced, the Twins best and final offer was revealed. And guess what? Our favorite baseball club wasn’t really in the ballpark.

Minnesota’s offer, according to multiple reports, was 10 years / $285 million. Sure, that’s more average annual value. But contract length wasn’t really close and, reportedly, the Pohlads refused to go longer.

As late as Monday, the Twins believed they were a strong contender, with Correa telling friends he wanted to return to Minnesota. On Tuesday, though, the Twins got a sense they’d need to go longer on a deal for Correa, which they were unwilling to do. While they were OK with keeping him in the organization through his age-38 season, they didn’t push any further.Dan Hayes (The Athletic)

In other words, the Minnesota Twins’ offer was never going to land Carlos Correa. An extra million every season is nice but three more years of security and over $60 million more in total value, is much better. With that being said, nobody expected the Twins to match 13 years. What’s frustrating is their refusal to go anything beyond 10 years.

Trea Turner and Xander Bogaerts, two of the other four top shortstops on the market this offseason, both got 11 year terms. Those deals set the market for how long the Twins offer would have to be if they wanted to land Correa. He was the best shortstop available so Scott Boras was going to get him the best deal.

Had Minnesota offered 11 years, $310 million, is Carlos Correa a Twin today? We’ll never know because it never happened. And that’s egregious.

Same old Twins

Should we be surprised? Hell no. This is exactly who Derek Falvey led Twins are. While big market PoBOs and GM’s swim in the deep end of the free agency pool, Falvey and Levine wear arm floaties and splash around on the pool steps while the Pohlads watch and sip umbrella drinks.

Then, they tell everyone they were “right there”. In reality, nobody even knows they are in the water.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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