The person spoke on condition of anonymity as the agreement was conditional on a successful physical examination.
The move ends Correa’s seven-year tenure with the Houston Astros. He will make $35.1 million annually under the deal and may step out to become a free agent again after the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
Correa picking the Twins came as a surprise as they have lost 18 straight games postseason and finished bottom in the AL Central a year ago 73-89.
His median salary is the fourth-highest baseball salary behind New York Mets pitcher Max Scherzer ($43.3 million), Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole ($36 million) and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (35.5 million dollars).
A two-time All-Star who was the first pick in the 2012 amateur draft, Correa led the Astros’ turnaround. Houston lost more than 100 games every year from 2011 to 2013 and then won its first World Series title by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games in 2017.
The Astros transitioned to AL pennants and World Series losses in 2019 and last year, and gained infamy for their cheating scandal exposed after the 2019 season.
Correa had a career-best 26 homers last year, along with a .279 batting average and 92 RBIs. He finished fifth in AL MVP voting and won his first Gold Glove. He has a career average of .277 with 133 home runs and 489 RBIs in seven major league seasons.
Correa, the 2015 AL Rookie of the Year, was also a standout postseason performer with 18 homers and 59 RBIs in 79 games.
Moving to the twins will be a change for Correa and his family. His wife, the former Daniella Rodriguez, was Miss Texas USA in 2016.
Minnesota has not been in the World Series since winning the title in 1991 and has lost its last eight postseason series since beating Oakland in a 2002 AL Division Series.
However, Correa has found great success as a guest player in Minnesota. He has a .413 batting average (26 for 63) at Target Field with five home runs and 20 RBIs in 15 games. His 1,205 OPS is his highest at any ballpark where he has played four or more games.
Since the lockout ended, the Twins have acquired Cincinnati right-hander Sonny Gray and catcher Gary Sánchez and third baseman Gio Urshela from the New York Yankees.
Prior to the walkout, Minnesota pitcher Dylan Bundy signed to a one-year, $5 million contract.
Coupled with Nick Castellano’s five-year, $100 million deal with Philadelphia late Friday night, Correa’s deal was the 14th since the nine-figure World Series.
Six of these were negotiated by Agent Scott Boras for a total of $1.0173 billion. In addition to deals for Correa and Castellanos, he negotiated deals for Corey Seager ($325 million) and Marcus Semien ($175 million) with Texas, Kris Bryant with Colorado ($182 million), and Scherzer with the New York Mets ($130 million).
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