MLB Rumors: Carlos Correa says he plans to walk out of Twins contract and re-enter free agency

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Veteran shortstop Carlos Correa is ready to test the open market for a second consecutive winter, telling El Nuevo Dia he will be opting out of his contract with the Minnesota Twins. The move shouldn’t be a surprise. Correa had previously suggested he would exercise his opt-out at the end of the season. “But we all know – you know the game well enough to know what my decision will be,” he told MLB.com.

Correa technically has until a few days after the World Series to trigger his opt-out. He signed a three-year contract worth $105 million with the Twins in March that paid him $35.1 million on an annual basis. However, the length of the contract didn’t tell the whole story, as the deal gave Correa the right to opt out after the 2022 and 2023 seasons. In other words, he reduced his downside in case he suffered a injury or a bad season that would have reduced his leverage, ensuring he could re-enter the market after a high-quality year.

Correa, 28, will do just that after a successful season in Minnesota. He appeared in 136 games and hit .291/.366/.467 (140 OPS+) with 22 home runs, 23 other extra hits and 64 RBIs. His contributions were worth about 5.4 wins over substitution, according to The Baseball-Reference Calculations, making it the fourth time in his career he’d crossed the five-win threshold in a single season.

Correa told reporters at the end of the season that he was ready to stay in Minnesota, saying he and his wife loved the organization. Still, he stressed that the business aspect had to be good for him to return.

“I want to make sure my son and my family are taken care of,” he told MLB.com. “I hope the Twins can see the player that I am, the person that I am, the passion that I have for this game and the love that I have for this game. And we can have serious conversations. “

Neal T. Doss