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Surprising Details Emerge From Twins-Carlos Correa Negotiations

Adam Taylor McKillop
Surprising details emerge from the Minnesota Twins' negotiations for free agent shortstop Carlos Correa.
Surprising details emerge from the Minnesota Twins' negotiations for free agent shortstop Carlos Correa. / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins shocked baseball when they pulled off the biggest free-agent signing of the offseason and inked superstar shortstop Carlos Correa to a three-year deal. It's a move that not many saw coming and undoubtedly changes the course of Minnesota's 2022 outlook.

MLB insiders Ken Rosenthal and Dan Hayes of The Athletic reported details around the process of this signing, and they are surprising to say the least.

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Like many teams around baseball, the Twins front office reached out to Correa's previous agent William Morris Endeavor prior to the MLB Lockout. It was presumably a common call that simply indicated the Twins would be interested in his services.

Then came the MLB Lockout and Correa changing agents to the high-class Scott Boras. With a potential 10-year, $350 million range ask coming from Correa's camp, Minnesota believed that was unrealistic and instead pushed for Trevor Story, who signed with the Boston Red Sox.

But, out of nowhere, Boras sent the Twins a simple text message on Friday, "We need to talk.”

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This was just the start of a marathon day full of calls, meetings, Zooms and texts leading to the ultimate result: Minnesota landed Correa with a three-year, $105.3 million contract.

It's interesting that Boras and Correa made the initial contact on this Friday frenzy of negotiations. However, Correa's camp went into this strategically. Rosenthal reported that a lot of the discussions centered around Correa's successes hitting at Target Field. Boras even alluded to Correa’s career 1.205 OPS mark playing in Minneapolis.

After dealing Josh Donaldson to the New York Yankees, Minnesota combined this new payroll flexibility with Correa's insane Target Field stat line into one sweet offer, and the rest is history.

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