The Minnesota Twins, the original team, had Carlos Correa (29), whom both the San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets turned away from due to medical issues. Why did Minnesota reach out to him again when he was at risk of an ankle injury?
Multiple media such as MLB.com and ESPN announced on the 11th (Korean time) that “Corea signed a contract with Minnesota for 6 years and 200 million dollars (approximately 248.6 billion won).” “The contract included an additional option for 4 years and 70 million dollars (approximately 87 billion won). If the option is executed, Correa can receive up to 270 million dollars (approximately 337 billion won) over 10 years.”
Correa, who was the biggest free agent shortstop, signed a 13-year, 350 million dollar (approximately 450 billion won) contract with San Francisco last month. However, he failed the medical test due to a history of injury to his right ankle, and later agreed to a 12-year, $315 million (approximately 393 billion won) contract with the New York Mets, but even this was canceled due to a failure to pass the physical test.
Correa made his big league debut with the Houston Astros in 2015 before transferring to Minnesota ahead of the 2022 season. He is a player with a brilliant history, such as being the Rookie of the Year in 2015, being selected as an All-Star in 2017 and 2021, winning the World Series in 2017, and winning the Gold Glove Award in 2021. The total performance of 8 seasons in the big leagues is 888 games, batting average .2079, 155 homers, 553 RBIs, OPS .836.
However, durability was pointed out as the biggest weakness of Corea. In the meantime, there were only three seasons (2016, 2021, 2022) in which he played more than 130 games, and he was listed on the injured list seven times during his eight seasons. In particular, a metal plate was inserted during ankle surgery in 2014, and both San Francisco and Mets, who wanted a long-term contract of more than 10 years, expressed concerns about the possibility of a recurrence of the injury.
Then, why did Minnesota embrace Correa again, who was branded as a glass body? MLB.com, the official homepage of Major League Baseball, said, “The Twins contract structure is significantly less risky than the San Francisco and Mets, which offered long-term contracts. For at least six years, Correa will be able to fully enjoy his heyday.” 토토사이트
Minnesota has also gained confidence in Correa’s fitness over the past year. The media said, “It is interpreted that the club and the players built mutual trust last year. Minnesota can now see the Correa and Byron Buxton duo through at least 2028.”
In addition, “In the meantime, Correa has never been on the injured list due to a problem with his right leg. He played in 136 games last season, but was only absent for a while due to Corona 19, and the injury was also caused by getting his hand hit by a pitch.”
John Heyman of the New York Post said: “Correa’s major physical examinations have already passed, including the ankle in question. It is correct to assume that there are currently no factors that can prevent Correa from returning to the Twins,” he said optimistically about the contract.