“Make me Minnesota!”
The Minnesota Twins officially announced a six-year, $200 million contract with Carlos Correa on the 12th (Korean time). Correa is guaranteed $200 million over six years, but if all vesting options (auto-execution options) take effect, the contract will increase up to $270 million over 10 years (approximately KRW 335.3 billion).
In order for Correa’s option to work, conditions must be met from the sixth season onwards. If Correa completes 575 plate appearances in the sixth year, he will receive 25 million dollars (approximately 31 billion won) in the seventh year. And if you meet 550 plate appearances in the 7th year season, you can receive 20 million dollars (approximately 24.8 billion won) in the 8th year. These options last until the 10th year, and if conditions are not met, Minnesota can decide whether to exercise Correa’s options.
Correa’s process of signing with Minnesota was eventful indeed. Correa came to the FA (free agent) market through ‘opt-out’ and received attention from many teams as a ‘biggest word’. And last year, he agreed to a 13-year, 350 million dollar (approximately 434.7 billion won) ‘Jackpot’ contract with the San Francisco Giants. However, Correa failed the medical test, and the event was canceled three hours before the opening ceremony. 메이저놀이터
Since Correa’s contract fell through, his agent, Scott Boras, has been busy. He tried to contact Minnesota, his ‘home team’, but at the time Minnesota showed no interest in Correa. Then, Boras contacted Steve Cohen, the “billionaire owner” of the New York Mets, and once again drew a 12-year, $315 million (approximately 391.2 billion won) contract. But this time, Correa was also caught up in the medical test.
Unlike San Francisco, Correa’s agent continued to negotiate with the Mets. However, they were seldom able to find an agreement and had difficulties in negotiations. And in this gap, Minnesota intervened again. Minnesota actively negotiated with Correa and finally succeeded in getting an official announcement.
The American ‘The Athletic’ released an interview with Corea on the 15th. The heartache of the past was completely buried. According to the media, Correa said, “I prepared a suit and everything for the San Francisco initiation ceremony. But they were talking about my ankle. I couldn’t believe it, and I was shocked. I received it, and I didn’t think there would be a problem.”
Correa did not readily believe the results of the medical tests. “I felt, ‘Is this real?’ But it was real. I’ve never missed a game because of my ankle. It doesn’t hurt. The Mets also did a medical with the same doctor as San Francisco. All the other doctors said it was fine, but
It was not easy for Correa to endure the process of contract agreement being broken twice. Correa said, “Before the San Francisco initiation ceremony, my family, parents, father-in-law, mother-in-law, and acquaintances were all at the hotel. After I went back to my room, I said, ‘The deal didn’t go through,’ and they asked, ‘Are you kidding?’ “It was over. My mother was in tears and didn’t come back until 20 minutes later. And my father was crying too.”
“It was harder to see my family grieving than to find out that the deal didn’t work out,” he said. “I have no bad feelings for San Francisco or the Mets,” he added. “I’m really grateful for the opportunity Minnesota gave me.”