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Carlos Correa Makes Official Decision on Potential Opt-Out

Tyler Maher
Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa has made an official decision on his opt-out.
Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa has made an official decision on his opt-out. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

While much of the baseball world is currently fixated on the MLB Playoffs, some significant news dropped on Thursday regarding one of the sport's top players.

Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlo Correa announced his decision on Thursday regarding the opt-out clause in his contract.

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As expected, Correa will opt out of his contract with the Twins and return to free agency. Correa originally signed a three-year, $105.3 million deal with Minnesota prior to last season that included player options for 2023 and 2024, which he has elected to decline.

The 28-year-old is still in his prime and will presumably seek a much larger deal in free agency this winter. He may also look to join a contender after the Twins went 78-84 in 2022.

Correa will join a relatively thin free-agent class this winter, albeit one that boasts considerable talent at shortstop. He will have plenty of competition from Trea Turner as well as Xander Bogaerts, assuming the latter officially opts out of his deal as well.

A two-time All-Star, Correa has been one of the best shortstops in baseball since winning AL Rookie of the Year honors in 2015. He's topped 20 homers six times in his eight seasons and has already accumulated 39.5 WAR per Baseball-Reference, averaging just under five wins per season. He was also a key part of the Houston Astros' current dynasty before departing in free agency last year.

With such an impressive track record, Correa figures to have plenty of suitors this offseason. Wherever he ends up, he's a good bet to receive a much larger contract than the one he just opted out of.

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