The Twins pulled off a shocking early-morning move Saturday, bringing star shortstop Carlos Correa to Minnesota in a blockbuster deal.
The top free agent has a three-year, $105.3 million deal with opt-outs after 2022 and 2023 to become a free agent again, a source confirmed. His average yearly salary of $36 million will make him MLB’s top earning infielder and fourth-highest overall.
Shortstop has been a glaring area of need for the Twins this offseason, their biggest priority along with pitching. Correa became a two-time All Star with the Houston Astros. The 27-year-old won a controversial 2017 World Series championship with the team and has garnered such honors as the AL Rookie of the Year in 2015 and the Gold Glove in 2021.
The Puerto Rico native had a .981 fielding percentage and .279 batting average last season.
Correa’s arrival means the Twins will have both of the top two picks in the 2012 draft; Correa was selected first overall by the Astros, one pick before Byron Buxton. Now both are with the Twins on contracts worth nine figures.
Correa is a career .277 hitter with a .850 on base-plus-slugging percentage. He batted .279 last season with 26 home runs and 92 RBI. His best season was 2017, when he made his first All-Star team as he batted .315 with 24 homers, 84 RBI and a .941 OPS.
The addition of Correa means that recently acquired infielder Gio Urshela will likely be the Opening Day starter at third base, which is his best position.
The Twins had been linked to free-agent shortstop Trevor Story in recent weeks with no indications that Correa was on their radar. Indications were that the Astros were making a push to keep him, but the news came out around 1 am Saturday that Correa was headed to Minnesota instead.