Carlos Correa: the great gift of the Yankees to the Twins

Now it’s official: Carlos Correa will don a Minnesota Twins uniform in 2022. The star shortstop has signed a three-year deal (with exit options) that could net him $105.3 million if he stays in Minnesota for the length of the deal.

Yes, yes, you read that right: Correa will play for the Minnesota Twins next year.

In fact, when analyzing the contract, we note that it should not necessarily be seen as a three-year agreement. In fact, it should be seen as a one-year contract ($35.1 million), but it also contains a contract for 2023 and 2024 that Correa can sign at the time if he wishes.

Make no mistake: If Correa has a breakout season with the Twins, he’ll be out of contract and break the bank next winter.

And for the Twins, the risk is less. Best case scenario, Correa stays three years and produces at an elite level. At worst, Correa will be overpaid for just three years and Royce Lewis can replace him if he doesn’t work out.

And Scott Boras, who just became Correa’s agent, stands to earn a bigger commission on the star shortstop’s next contract. I would not be surprised if the agent tricked Correa into signing a short-term pact for his own benefit.

However, it is still a considerable sum of money. If Correa doesn’t live up to the hype and pursues his options for the next two years, his $35.1 million salary (making him the highest-paid infielder in MLB) could start to hurt.

Talk to the Angels, who already have serious doubts about Anthony Rendon after two years.

Regardless, by luring Correa, the Twins pack a punch today. And this beautiful gift is courtesy of the Yankees. The reason? The transaction involving Josh Donaldson.

Last week, the Twins were in a precarious financial situation. They were able to compete for free agents who didn’t have big demands, but Donaldson’s high salary ($21 million) made it difficult for them to meet the demands.

And that is why the transaction involving Donaldson has been very beneficial for them. They were able to free up that huge salary to make room for Correa.

The Yankees probably got out of the race for Correa right then and there. We know that Hal Steinbrenner doesn’t seem willing to use the measure of his financial resources to improve his team, and after losing Freddie Freeman’s boat, he is left on the dock when he sees Correa’s boat headed for Minnesota. .

They supposedly chatted yesterday, but Correa preferred the Twins to them.

I understand that he will eventually have to sign Aaron Judge and that there are already big contracts in the Bronx, but the Yankees seem to use this excuse too easily. Standards are high in New York and it’s not with big blows of band-aids that we will build a champion team.

There’s still Trevor Story, but honestly, I don’t think the Yankees are interested in the file. The latter seem to prefer to hide behind promising hope Anthony Volpe to explain his inaction on the free agent market.

The young man arrives at the biggest market in the MLB under pressure to be the savior of a team that seems stagnant. No pressure, boy.

The Twins show they want to win this year, which I don’t necessarily feel on the Yankees. The trade that sent José Berríos to Toronto looks a little less good today considering the team’s recent acquisitions, but the Twins know the division is weak and want to give the White Sox a tough fight.

They lack pitchers (a José Berríos, for example, would not hurt), but beware, the Twins have offensive punch and the arrival of Correa means that they will be taken seriously for 2022.

Will that be enough to dislodge the White Sox? The answer in a few months.