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Carlos Correa signed a three-year $105.3 million cope with the Minnesota Twins earlier this offseason, but his contract carries a $35.1 million player option for both 2023 and 2024 seasons, meaning he could turn into a free agent this winter.
But avoid being surprised if Correa sticks in Minnesota some way:
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Is Correa really gonna hang in there in Minnesota? pic.twitter.com/4DJzJpMD6N
The 27-year-old has already established a good if unspectacular first year with the Twins, hitting .269 with 14 homers, 39 RBI, 50 runs and a .783 OPS. He seems unlikely to complement last year’s outlay of 26 homers, 92 RBI and 104 runs in his final season with the Houston Astros, the team where he started his career and spent his first seven MLB seasons.
Correa returned to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday for a string contrary to the Astros for the very first time since leaving the business:
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Carlos Correa receives a warm welcome from Astros fans in his go back to Houston pic.twitter.com/0OXfKZ23vo
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Before Carlos Correa’s first AB, Martn Maldonado stepped from behind the plate to permit the crowd an extended standing ovation. The team played Correa’s walkout song Bad Bunny’s “25/8” and Correa tipped his helmet to the crowd. The complete Astros’ dugout was a the very best step
As the Astros have an American League-best 78-45 record, the Twins (62-58) end up in a battle for a playoff berth, trailing the Cleveland Guardians by two games in the AL Central and the Seattle Mariners by three games for the ultimate AL Wild Card berth.
The overall belief has been that Correa will be one-and-done in Minnesota, opting out of his current deal to get a lucrative, longer-term offer come free agency.
Earlier in August, Jon Heyman of the NY Post reported that Correa, “barring injury, will probably opt out of his deal,” joining a potentially loaded band of free-agent shortstops that likely includes Trea Turner, Dansby Swanson and Xander Bogaerts.
The two-time All-Star and 2017 champion must have a reasonably vibrant market and can desire to turn that into among the decade-long deals most of the game’s superstars have already been inking recently as opposed to the shorter deal he received from the Twins.
Whether this offer originates from the Twins remains to be observed. But Correa, at the very least publicly, seems available to a reunion.