MLB Rumors: 3 Potential Carlos Correa Landing Spots

He's made it official: Carlos Correa will be opting out of his contract with the Minnesota Twins to become a free agent again this offseason. That's not to say that he won't stay in Minnesota, but it'll cost them—or whoever else wades into the Scott Boras/Correa waters—huge cash. 

Correa missed a bit of time due to injuries this season (as he often does) and hit .291 with 22 home runs, 64 RBIs and an .834 OPS in 136 games. Teams must decide if that's worth the $300M he'll be looking for. 

Let's run down the early potential landing spots for the two-time All-Star.

Minnesota Twins

Both sides are saying the right things: they want to stay together. But are the Twins ready to buy what Boras and Correa are selling?

“I love this team. I love this organization,” Correa said. “My wife loves it here, loves it in Minnesota. Loves all the wives. She is very happy there. My wife's happiness is my happiness. But at the same time, I want to make sure that my son and my family are taken care of." 

Yes, it must be hard to take care of your family on the mere $70M that he has left on his Twins contract. Correa, like last winter, will be eyeing something in the range of the $325M/10-year deal that Corey Seager got from Texas. 

“Hopefully, the Twins can see the player that I am, the person that I am, the passion that I have for this game and the love that I have for this game," continued Correa, "and we can get into some serious conversations.”

San Francisco Giants

The Giants were one of the teams rumored to be a suitor for Correa and other top free agents last offseason, but they fell short. After their fall from grace this year, they'll be anxious to make a big splash to vault themselves back into the conversation in the NL West.

GM Farhan Zaidi insists the Giants will be big spenders. 

"I expect us to be really active this offseason. We do have the flexibility to be involved in every possible option on the table." 

A shortstop for the future is definitely a need for this team. Longtime veteran Brandon Crawford will be going into his age-36 season and struggled in 2022, both with injuries and performance.

3-Way Tie: Los Angeles Dodgers/Atlanta Braves/Boston Red Sox

These three teams are all in the same boat: They already have their own superstar shortstop that they're trying to retain. Trea Turner, Dansby Swanson and Xander Bogaerts are all set to be free agents as well. All three are expected to return to their teams, but stranger things have happened in free agency.

If any of these teams fail to keep their own man, expect them to make a run at Correa to fill the void. 

Other teams to keep an eye on as well, who are ready to spend big this offseason: Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs

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