By José Alejandro Rodríguez Zas
The news about the signing of the Puerto Rican Major League shortstop star, Carlos Correa, flood social networks daily. His case and that of outfielder Aaron Judge, are perhaps the most publicized of the current low season in free agency towards the upcoming MLB 2023 campaign.
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In the case of Correa, a two-time All-Star for the American League, the competition between the different MLB organizations to get his services is very strong. Almost daily, the Puerto Rican is associated with a new franchise, including the Minnesota Twins themselves, where the shortstop played in the recently concluded 2022 campaign and, without a doubt, they would like to bring him back.
Unlike the previous offseason, however, when the Twins were able to sign Correa to a lucrative but short-lived contract, promising the Puerto Rican the highest annual salary for a free agent position player in Major League history, this time the All-Star The baseball player will go for a multi-million dollar and multi-year agreement, similar to the one obtained by others in his position such as Francisco Lindor (New York Mets), Fernando Tatis Jr. (San Diego Padres) and Corey Seager (Texas Rangers).
All of those mentioned agreed for more than 320 million dollars and a service time of 10 or more seasons, figures to which Correa would be aspiring in this free agency.
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As reported by a note from MLB Trade RumorsDuring a recent appearance on the Talk North podcast, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that the Twins have presented contract offers of varying lengths to Correa, with the overriding goal of retaining his services.
Neal indicates that Minnesota’s proposals range from six to 10 years with different average salaries in each. Short-term deals would surely feature higher annual payments, and the comparatively shorter duration would reduce the team’s long-term risk,” the quoted media said.
“The financial terms of the proposals are unclear, but it is notable that Minnesota is apparently willing to make a long-term commitment to play at the top of the market. The Twins signed Joe Mauer to an eight-year, $184 million extension in March 2010, but otherwise only met or narrowly exceeded a double nine-figure guarantee ($105.3 million for Correa and $100 million for Byron Buxton). , both in the last offseason),” the report explained.
“A Correa deal for more than six years would surely mark a new milestone for the organization, even if the contract included one or more opt-out opportunities,” he added.
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In this way, it is inferred that the Minnesota Twins organization is willing to offer the Puerto Rican a million-dollar contract that would be a record in its history, for having Correa as a franchise player in the coming years.
According to estimates, Correa has a contract of nine years and 288 million dollars, reported the MLB Trade Rumors note, at a rate of 32 million dollars per season, figure similar to that projected by SpotRac and previously published on our website.
In case the Twins can’t keep the services of the Puerto Rican, their second option for short stops would be Xander Bogaerts, former Boston Red Sox shortstop, also a free agent and with a slightly lower market value, close to 30 million dollars per season.
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