Twins Preparing Huge Offer for Carlos Correa
Carlos Correa was supposed to be a one-year rental player for the Minnesota Twins. He needed a temporary home and the Twins were happy to oblige. Still, nobody expected his stay up north to last any longer than weekend cabin trip that nobody wants to end. But then something happened.
He and his wife fell in love with the place, which nobody really expected. The Correas weren’t the only party involved who thought last season went better than expected, either. The Twins, who knew what they were getting from Correa on the field, were blown away by the leadership, tenacity and professionalism he brought to the clubhouse.
Twins Preparing Franchise-Changing Offer
And now suddenly, the impossible has become possible. Legitimate steam is building around a Correa + Minnesota long-term reunion. This week, Darren Wolfson (KSTP, SKOR North) advanced the story again, reporting that the Twins are preparing a massive offer for their superstar shortstop, in hopes they can retain his services for multiple years to come.
“On Carlos Correa, [the Twins] are going to make him a very nice offer. In fact, I was told this week, that they are pushing for closure sooner rather than later. Now, they can push all they want. If his representation isn’t willing to push back, it doesn’t matter.
So, it’s entirely possible this thing stretches into January. They are going to make the richest offer in team history. Right now, that’s Joe Mauer’s 8-years, $184 million. To resign Carlos Correa, it’s going to take a 7, 8 or 9-year deal for somewhere in the vicinity of $265 to $300 million, maybe more.”Darren Wolfson – Mackey & Judd (SKOR North – 11/15/22)
“He wants 7,8, 9 years, with player options after a couple of the years and he wants no-trade power. The Twins are willing to do all of that. I have been told, no-trade is fine. A player option after the 2024 season, ok. Player option after 2026 or 2027, ok.
The question is, are they willing to go as high as 250, 260, 270 million, maybe even higher. That remains to be seen, but I am told the Twins would like to retain him. They know what it will take and they will make him the richest offer in team history and they would like closure sooner rather than later.”Darren Wolfson – Mackey & Judd (SKOR North – 11/17/22)
So you’re saying there’s a chance?
The Minnesota Twins haven’t written many massive, long-term contracts so it won’t take much for them to offer Correa the most money in franchise history (Joe Mauer – $184M). But the tone being relayed to Wolfson seems more optimistic than underwhelming offers of their past that haven’t stood a chance vs big market teams.
Could the Pohlads really break the bank for Carlos Correa? Could they really get an answer “sooner rather than later”? As Doogie mentions, it’s going to take something between $250M-$300M if they’re going to have a chance. They’ll have to offer more flexibility for Correa too.
But who cares. It’s the perfect opportunity for this Twins organization to shed the “cheap” label they’ve been assigned by the league and most of the fanbase.
Of note: According to Doogie, Falvine met with Correa’s agent, Scott Boras, at the MLB GM meetings. He also mentions that backup options the Twins have checked on include Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson.
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan