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Carlos Correa on how the Twins can re-sign him: ‘If they want my product, they just have to come get it’

Last offseason, star shortstop Carlos Correa and the Minnesota Twins formed a surprise pairing when he signed a three-year, $105.3 million contract with the team. That contract, however, included opt-out options after the 2022 and 2023 seasons, and Correa believes he will exercise that first opt-out before next winter.

Speaking of all that, here’s what Correa told reporters Thursday about what it would take to be back with the Twins for 2023 and perhaps beyond:

For those unwilling or unable to partake of those color television images, here is the transcript:

“When I go to the mall and I go to the Dior store and I want something, I buy it. I ask how much it costs and I buy it. So if you really want something, you just go get it. I’m the product here, so if they want my product, They just have to come and get it.”

Correa appears to be strongly hinting that yes, he will take advantage of that opt-out and join the 2022-23 free agent class, which is not surprising. Doing so wouldn’t stop him from forging a new deal with the Twins, but from the looks of it, Minnesota shouldn’t be counting on a “hometown discount.”

Correa, who recently turned 28, believes he has a healthy market this offseason, even with other premium shortstops like Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson all slated for free agency. This year, Correa has slashed .287/.363/.463 (137 PAHO+) with 21 home runs in 130 games while, according to most advanced metrics, routinely playing strong defense at shortstop. The two-time All-Star also has an equally strong track record to back up those numbers, and he’s still young as a free agent. He’s probably looking at a contract worth at least $300 million, which is a reasonable goal for a player of his projected future worth. Put another way, he’s about the same age Corey Seager was last offseason when he signed a $325 million deal with the Texas Rangers.

Almost any team improves by adding a player like Correa to the fold, but, as the man says, it’s going to cost you. That’s the case even for the starting Twins, it seems.



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