Just when Twins fans thought they were out, Scott Boras has pulled them back in.
After seemingly watching hopes of signing Carlos Correa die on the vine — or explode like the Death Star, depending on your view of that deal as a load bearing offseason move — the Twins have been thrust back into the thick of the rumor mill.
Correa’s deal with the New York Mets hit a snag back in December, with his surgically repaired lower right leg causing some concern during his physical. This is the same issue that caused the San Francisco Giants to pause their deal with him, which allowed Steve Cohen and the Mets to swoop in and put us all in this situation.
But with his deal in New York uncertain, the Twins have re-entered the picture as a potential landing spot.
The question is how serious of a contender Minnesota is? Is Carlos Correa seriously reconsidering his offer from the Twins or are the Twins being used as leverage to get a deal done in New York?
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MLB insider Jim Bowden offered up some perspective on SiriusXM Radio. According to Bowen, the Twins indeed have a chance and are “gaining momentum” in being the team that lands Correa after the chaotic free agent music stops.
“What I’m hearing this morning is the Twins have some momentum here,” Bowden said. “They are still involved with Correa, and they’ve got a shot here.”
Of course, the first thing that pops into the minds of fans would be the medical issues that have caused a combined $665 million to be pulled back. Bowden thinks the Twins, the team that knows best what Correa’s injury and medical history is, are the perfect candidate to not be bothered by the red flags.
“I think [the Twins] are willing to a little more of a risk on the medicals than either the Giants or Mets were in terms of years and dollars. So we’ll see how this plays out but I think progress is being made here…but the Minnesota Twins are back and front-and-center in the Carlos Correa thing.” Bowden said. “There is a possibility that the Minnesota Twins pick out Carlos Correa from under the Mets noses.”
There’s a lot to unpack here, not the least of which is how much the Twins would be settling if they agreed to be Correa’s third fallback option. It’s hard to deny the medical issues that have raised concerns with the Giants and Mets to the extent that the best shortstop on the free agent market remains unsigned.
It’s hard to not think of the but it could work for us meme when looking at the possibility of the Twins conceding medical issues that were too much for two different clubs to handle in order to salvage the offseason with a big signing.
Of course, that’s an extremely pessimistic view of the situation but who can fault Twins fans for feeling a little bruised after all they’ve been through?
The other part of this is the lingering doubt that any of this is actually concrete. There’s no doubt the Twins are being thrown around as an option, but how much of that is real and how much of it is leverage being used by Scott Boras to force the Mets’ hand?
Either way, it appears that just when we thought the dust had settled on the Carlos Correa drama in Minnesota, the blizzard winds of winter have kicked it back up.