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Minnesota Twins, Carlos Correa agree to three-year, $105.3M deal

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Oct 31, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) during batting practice prior to game five of the 2021 World Series against the Houston Astros at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Carlos Correa, a star on three World Series teams with the Houston Astros, reportedly has a new home.

The 27-year-old shortstop agreed to a three-year, $105.3 million with the Minnesota Twins late Friday night, according to multiple media reports.

The deal reportedly includes opt-out options that Correa could exercise after each of the first two seasons.

At $35.1 million per year, Correa would have the highest average annual contract value of any player on the majors. He would trail only New York Mets pitcher Max Scherzer ($43.3 million average), New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole ($36 million average) and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout ($35.5 million average).

Correa was reportedly comfortable setting the bar for a contract at $300 million before the lockout.

He had interest from multiple teams prior to the stoppage in December, but the Texas Rangers chose to sign former Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager to a $325 million contract. That deal was negotiated by Correa’s new agent, Scott Boras, who also scored deals for free agents Max Scherzer (New York Mets) and Marcus Semien (Rangers) prior to the shutdown.

Correa won the Gold Glove at shortstop and finished fifth in American League MVP voting last season.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft by Houston, Correa was AL Rookie of the Year in 2015 and was part of six playoff teams with the Astros. He’s a career .277 hitter with 133 home runs, 489 RBIs and a 34.1 wins above replacement.

Last year, he hit .279 with 26 homers and 92 RBIs in 148 games.

The Twins got little offense last year from the shortstop position, with Andrelton Simmons, Jorge Polanco, Nick Gordon and JT Riddle combining to hit .233 with 10 homers and 52 RBIs.

–Field Level Media