Twins Outline Top Priority at Winter Meetings

Tyler Maher
The Minnesota Twins have revealed their top priority for this offseason.
The Minnesota Twins have revealed their top priority for this offseason. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The 2022 MLB Winter Meetings are underway this week as teams meet with top free agents and continue to prepare for the upcoming season.

While several top free-agent shortstops remain available after Trea Turner's massive signing with the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday, the Minnesota Twins have a clear target at the top of their list heading into Tuesday's meetings.

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The Twins are meeting with Carlos Correa on Tuesday, who is apparently their top choice at shortstop over Xander Bogaerts, Dansby Swanson and others.

Correa spent 2022 with Minnesota before opting out of his contract to pursue a larger deal on the open market. He helped keep the team in contention for much of the season before it faded down the stretch, ultimately finishing third in the AL Central at 78-84.

Despite their disappointing finish, the Twins clearly liked what they saw from Correa. The former All-Star and Gold Glove winner turned in a strong campaign in his first season with Minnesota, slashing .291/.366/.467 with 22 home runs while providing plus defense at shortstop.

Not surprisingly, the Twins would like to have the 28-year-old stick around for the foreseeable future. He's well-established as one of the best shortstops in the game and has proven to be an outstanding postseason performer throughout his career, cracking 18 home runs with 59 RBIs and an .849 OPS in 79 career playoff games.

Minnesota isn't the only team interested in Correa, however, who will likely command a monster contract that could rival Turner's $300 million deal. That might be out of the Twins' price range, but perhaps they can convince him to stay rather than switch teams for the second straight offseason.

That may be tough if Correa is looking to join a championship contender or return to the Houston Astros, however. Minnesota currently has the 11th-longest World Series odds on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds at +6000.

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