Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa will exercise the opt-out clause of his contract and become a free agent, a newspaper announced Wednesday. el nuevo dia,
Correa, who had 22 homers, 64 RBI and 70 runs batted in 136 games this season, said it was time for him to test the market.
“With the years I have, my health and the fact that I am at the peak of my career at 28, it is the right decision,” he told a Puerto Rican newspaper.
The shortstop spent the first seven years of his career with the Houston Astros, winning the World Series in 2017. He didn’t get the long-term contract he was looking for last winter and chose to sign a three-year, $105.3 million deal. with the Twins, which included several clauses allowing him to opt out of the contract.
“I have a good relationship with Minnesota. I am very interested in the possibility of returning. I’ve been in this business a long time, and I know things don’t always go the way you want. ,
Correa remains a controversial figure due to his involvement with the signal stealing scandal that tainted the Astros’ 2017 World Series title, and his staunch defense of it. Before the 2020 season, he told reporters, “When you analyze the games, we won fairly and evenly. We deserved this championship. »
Correa was the first pick in the 2012 draft.