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MLB - US Sports: Correa pens Twins deal

Superstar shortstop Carlos Correa eventually agreed to sign with the Minnesota Twins with a $105.3million, one-year contract with two-year opt outs.

The 27-year-old was one of the most coveted free agents remaining on the market.

Twins show intent with Correa capture

The Minnesota Twins are 40/1 to win a World Series for the first time since 1991. Adding Correa certainly adds value, he is a .277 hitter with 133 home runs, and he batted .279 with 26 home runs and 92 RBI's last season and also won a gold glove.

Picking the Twins was a surprise, they have lost 18 consecutive postseason games and finished last in the American League Central a year ago, with a 73-89 record.

His average salary becomes baseball’s fourth highest behind New York Mets pitcher Max Scherzer ($43.3 million per year), New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole ($36 million) and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout ($35.5 million).

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Altuve admits surprise

Correa is a two-time All-Star who was the first pick in the 2012 amateur draft. Correa led the turnaround for the Houston Astros.

It will be a big chance for Correa to instil a winning culture, having been at Houston and won the World Series with them, Minnesota hasn't reached the  World Series since winning in 1991 and has lost its past eight postseason series since beating Oakland in a 2002 AL Division series.

Speaking to ESPN last week former Houston teammate Jose Altuve said: "I was surprised. I wasn't expecting that. Obviously we're going to miss him. He's a great player and a great guy inside the clubhouse. He was one of our leaders."

Correa spoke with the press earlier this week about his decision to join Minnesota: "In a matter of ten hours, we got in a zoom call, this is a challenge as they talk about winning. They want a winning culture." 

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