Twins ink Carlos Correa to three-year, $105.3 million deal in surprising free agency move

(ABC 6 News) — Minnesota sports fans woke up Saturday to a stunner of a headline.

In a surprising move, Houston Astros shortstop and World Series champion Carlos Correa reportedly has agreed to a three-year, $105.3 million contract to play for the Minnesota Twins. Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston broke the story first.

The deal will pay the two-time All-Star $35.1 million annually, making Correa the highest annual earner in baseball among active shortstops. Additionally, Correa’s contract allows him to opt-out after two seasons whereas he can pursue free agency again if he wants to.

The shortstop had spent the entirety of his career until now with the Astros, winning AL Rookie of the Year in 2015 and the aforementioned World Series in 2017.

Last season, Correa had a batting average of .279 with 92 RBIs and a career-high 26 home runs.