It seems the subversion on Minnesota Sports is about to get even crazier. After seemingly being out on Carlos Correa, the Minnesota Twins are getting closer to improbably stealing him away from the New York Mets.
Ken Rosenthal citing as many as three separate sources, is now reporting that the Twins and Correa’s camp are ‘accelerating’ contract talks.
“Two club sources said Monday that talks between the Twins and Correa have begun to accelerate. A separate major-league source confirmed the development as well,” Rosenthal reported late Monday night.
This is a huge development, and signals that the rumors that started late last week were more than just rumblings. In short order — less than a week, to be specific — the Twins went from merely being in contact with Correa to now being in a position to potentially sign him away from the Mets.
Minnesota Twins, Carlos Correa nearing a deal after all?
Initially, when Jon Heyman and Greg Joyce reported the Twins were back in on Correa, it seemed that Scott Boras was using them as a bargaining chip to try and force Steve Cohen’s hand. The Mets owner has been reluctant to continue talks with Correa amid concerns about the shortstop’s physical with the team, and was holding $315 million on his side of the table.
The no longer appears to be the case.
The medical issue holding things up stems from a decade-old leg injury that doctors seem to fear may have flared up back in September. Correa didn’t miss any major time, but two different teams flagged his physical and caused a combined contract value north of $600 million to hit the bricks, and froze Correa’s free agency in the middle of winter.
Twice it’s appeared that Correa has signed somewhere other than Minnesota, yet the third time might be the charm for the Twins.
It’s unclear if the Twins are still offering their original deal to Correa, which was good for 10-year and $285 million. As it’s started to become more and more clear that the Twins interest was serious, there has been speculation that an offer to Correa might be for fewer years and less money but a higher AAV.
Nothing is completely clear at the moment, but what does seem apparent is the Twins are back in on Correa in a very serious way and might end up landing him despite the long winding road of chaos that led us here.