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Twins’ deal official, closing circus offseason for SS Carlos Correa

Sep 30, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA;  Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa (4) receives congratulations from teammates after he hits a two run home run in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Correa’s third contract agreement of the offseason became official on Wednesday, reuniting the free agent shortstop with the Minnesota Twins.

Correa passed his physical with the Twins to seal a six-year, $200 million contract, ending a monthlong circus in free agency.

On two occasions this offseason, Correa was thought to be a signature away from massive contracts: first with the San Francisco Giants and then the New York Mets. Both reportedly were derailed due to medical concerns arising from the team physical.

Correa had a tentative 12-year, $315 million agreement with the Mets two weeks after his 13-year, $350 million deal with the Giants fell through over worries about his surgically repaired right leg.

However, MLB Network reported Tuesday that Correa’s contract proposal from the Mets guaranteed only the first six years and $160 million, not the entire 12-year deal.

Correa, 28, batted .291 with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs in 136 games last season with the Twins. In November, he opted out of the final two seasons of a three-year, $105.3 million deal to become a free agent.

Correa is a career .279 hitter with a .357 on-base percentage, a .479 slugging percentage, 155 home runs and 553 RBIs across 888 games with the Houston Astros (2015-21) and Twins. He won a World Series with Houston in 2017, was an All-Star in 2017 and 2021, won American League Rookie of the Year honors in 2015 and earned a Gold Glove at shortstop in 2021.

–Field Level Media