Carlos Correa is back where he started after a free-agent saga filled with twists and turns.
The Minnesota Twins and the star shortstop are finalizing a six-year, $200-million contract with a vesting option that could make the pact worth $270 million, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN.
The reported deal has four vesting years valued at $70 million. He also gets a full no-trade clause, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Correa previously agreed to contracts with both the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets this offseason, but the deals were never finalized because of a medical issue flagged during his physicals stemming from a previous ankle injury sustained in 2014.
The biggest portion of the two-time All-Star’s physical with the Twins is complete, which includes the part involving the ankle that was an issue for the Giants and Mets, sources told Heyman.
Correa’s deal has the highest average annual value among MLB shortstops for the next three seasons.
New York and Correa agreed to a 12-year, $315-million pact on Dec. 21 after a 13-year, $350-million agreement on Dec. 14 with the Giants fell apart.
The Mets were willing to guarantee the first six years of Correa’s deal at $157.5 million, sources told Heyman. However, they were reportedly only willing to guarantee the next six years under certain conditions, which included annual physicals, and the two sides weren’t able to get on the same page with the language.
Correa signed a lucrative short-term pact with the Twins last offseason before opting out of his contract to test free agency this winter. The 28-year-old went deep 22 times with 64 RBIs and an .834 OPS over 136 games in 2022.
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