The Carlos Correa era in Minnesota is now officially over, with the megastar shortstop opting for a massive 13-year, $360 million contract instead of the 10-year, $285 million deal the Minnesota Twins offered him:
The deal makes sense for Correa. One of the best free agents available got one of the largest deals for any player ever and three more years of security. After playing at an impressive level all year long, he earned the deal. The Giants are now set. The Twins are not.
After failing to land Carlos Correa, where do the Minnesota Twins turn to next in free agency?
The Twins may have offered Correa more AAV money than anyone else, but after striking out on their main target, their offseason plan leaves a barrage of questions. What happens at short? How will they spend the money? Is a rebuild imminent? Unfortunately, there aren’t any clear answers.
Carlos Rodon and Dansby Swanson remain the two largest free agents left on the board, and while the Twins are in on both, deals with both remain unlikely. Rodon seems very uninterested in coming to Minnesota, and Swanson isn’t a large enough upgrade over Royce Lewis for the Twins to pay him the deal that he will be paid.
This leaves the Twins with three very different paths for the offseason, each with various goals and options for the offseason, so we’re going to break them down and the possibilities for each one.