Twins, Carlos Correa agree to 3-year, $105.3 million deal

Correa was widely seen as the preeminent available free agent coming out of MLB’s lockout.

The 27-year-old former Rookie of the Year finished fifth in American League MVP voting and won his first Gold Glove during the 2021 season, when he hit 26 home runs with a 131 OPS+.

The Twins are also getting a proven October performer in Correa,..

...who amassed 18 home runs, 59 RBIs and a .272/.344/.505 line in 79 postseason games for the Astros.

But it seemed inevitable that he would leave Houston via free agency when he turned down a six-year, $120 million extension before the 2021 season.

Correa’s gamble paid off, as the market for shortstops this offseason has been hot, with Javier Baez and Marcus Semien both landing deals.

The main question was whether he’d get a contract larger than Corey Seager’s, which is a 10-year, $325 million pact with the Rangers.

The favorite to take Correa’s place at shortstop for the Astros is Jeremy Peña, who Keith Law listed as the organization’s No. 2 prospect for 2022.

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