The Minnesota Twins caused an unexpected stir in free agency Friday night, agreeing to a record three-year, $105.3 million deal with shortstop Carlos Correa, a person with knowledge of the deal told Bob Nightengale. from USA TODAY Sports.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet official.
The deal will pay the former Houston Astros star $35.1 million per year, making him the highest-paid infielder by average annual salary in MLB history. He dwarfs the $35 million average annual salary of Angels infielder Anthony Rendon.
The 27-year-old Correa, widely seen as perhaps the top free-agent target in this class, has the ability to opt out of his contract after each of his first two seasons.
Correa won his first Gold Glove Award in 2021 and finished fifth in AL MVP voting, hitting 26 home runs with 92 RBI as the Astros won their fourth AL West title in five years. .
Correa, the first overall pick in the 2012 draft, made his debut in 2015 and won the American League Rookie of the Year award, helping Houston break a 10-year postseason drought. The Astros won the franchise’s first World Series title in 2017, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games, and returned to the Fall Classic in 2019 and 2021.
Correa was embroiled in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal before the 2020 season and admitted “it was definitely a plus,” but defended his teammates and responded to comments from other players over the past two years.
Correa has a stellar postseason record, ranking in the top 10 in career home runs (18) and RBIs (59) in 334 at-bats in the playoffs.
Collaboration: Bob Nightengale
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