Twins announce signing of Carlos Correa

The Minnesota Twins have officially announced the signing of Carlos Correa, a few days after agreeing to terms with the star free agent shortstop.

News of the deal broke early Saturday morning and shocked the baseball industry.

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Correa, who was widely considered the top free agent on the market, signed a three-year deal that he can opt out of after each of the first two years. It will pay him $35.1 million annually, making him baseball’s fourth-highest paid player.

The former Houston Astro hit .279 with 34 doubles, one triple, 26 home runs, 92 RBI, 104 runs scored, 75 walks, a .366 on-base percentage and an .850 OPS in 148 games last season.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft has spent his entire career with the Astros, prior to this point, hitting .277 with 133 home runs and 489 RBI with a .356 on-base percentage and an .837 OPS in 752 career MLB games. He is also the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year, a two-time AL All-Star and winner of the 2021 AL Gold and Platinum Glove awards.

Correa has also been productive in the postseason, hitting .272 with 18 home runs, 59 RBI, a .344 on-base percentage and an .849 OPS in 79 career games. He already ranks sixth on the all-time list for postseason RBI and is tied for seventh in home runs.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Correa, the Twins designated pitcher Ralph Garza Jr. for release or assignment.

Correa will be formally introduced Wednesday morning.