the shortstop Carlos Correa was officially presented this Wednesday as a new member of the organization of the minnesota twins In a press conference in which the club’s president of operations, Derek Falvey, showed that the contract for three years and $105.3 million with the Puerto Rican is only the beginning of the conversations with a view to building a much more lasting relationship.
Correa spoke in his opening message about his interest in helping build a winning culture in the Twins, where he meets several players he played against in his minor league years while with the Houston Astros, such as Byron Buxton, team outfielder.
At the end of the question round, the winner of the American League Gold Glove in 2021, and Rookie of the Year of the same circuit in 2015, put on his new jersey, which will show the number 4 on his bib, thus turning the page of his first seven years of career with the Astros, with whom he wore the number 1 since his debut in the Majors.
“I thank my family, my wife, who is watching from home with our little newborn baby. Thank you for all her support to my parents. They have always been there with me since I was eight years old. Thanks to Scott (Boras, his agent) for making this possible, truly the best. I am super excited to join the Twins family,” Correa said.
Correa alluded several times to the ZOOM call he had with Twins management last week before the contract was finally agreed that made him the highest-paid infielder in history in average annual salary, at a rate of $35.1 million per season.
“When we talk on the Zoom call, we only talk about winning. And that is what we want to build here. We want to have that champion culture. We want to move up and, you know, win divisions, win championships. And that is my goal here. Making everyone around us better and moving forward with a championship mentality. So thanks for having me. Super excited, like I said, and really looking forward to this new chapter in our lives.”
When we talk on the Zoom call, we only talk about winning. And that is what we want to build here. We want to have that champion culture. We want to move up and, you know, win divisions, win championships. And that is my goal here.
After seven seasons with the Astros and winning individual awards as well as his World Series title in 2017, in three trips to the Fall Classic, the man from Santa Isabel certainly has a new path ahead of him, first meeting his new teammates, and then trying to help to propel a team that last year finished last in the American League Central Division.
“It’s not like I get there, and I’m trying to be a leader. I just want to be myself. I just want to meet my peers. I want to get to know where they come from, their background. I want to know them as people. And I know the potential and the talent that is there. But I want to get to know them as people and I want to get to know what they want to accomplish this year. If I can help them in any way with some information to improve, at the end of the day, it will be great for the team. It will give us a great opportunity to go out there and win the division.”
Easy decision according to Correa
When asked what convinced him to sign as a free agent with the Twins, Correa assured that it was quite easy considering the process that was taking place during the offseason due to the lockout that also stopped the negotiations of players like him who were looking for a team and a long-term contract.
“It was pretty easy, honestly. Before this whole free agency process, once the season was over (2021), my wife asked me, what’s going to happen if we have to leave? And I said, Honey, what do we do on a daily basis when we’re in the middle of the season? You know, we watch movies, we go to restaurants, and now we take care of the baby. Every city in the United States has that. So wherever we go, we’ll be fine. And then when we put it into perspective, and she saw it like that, she was like, ‘well, I guess you’re right.’ Wherever life takes us, we will be ready. We’re going to be ready to go out and help the team win.”
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Carlos Correa is super excited to join the Twins “and looking forward to this new chapter in our lives”