Carlos Correa may not be the shortstop of the Minnesota Twins for long.
While Correa signed a three-year deal with the Twins in March, he has a player option after each of the first two seasons. Buster Olney of ESPN reported Wednesday that "there is an industry assumption that he'll opt out of his contract and become a free agent" if he returns to health from a finger injury and finishes the 2022 season in impressive fashion.
The 27-year-old would become one of MLB's most sought-after free agents for the second straight offseason if he does opt out.
His resume includes an American League Rookie of the Year Award, a World Series title, two All-Star selections and a Gold Glove. He was one of the faces of the Houston Astros when he played there from 2015 through 2021 and helped the franchise make five straight American League Championship Series and three Fall Classics.
Rumors linked a number of teams to Correa during the offseason, and re-signing with Houston was also a possibility.
MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported in January that Correa was looking for $330 million to $350 million prior to the league-initiated lockout and agent switch to Scott Boras.
His three-year, $105.3 million contract with the Twins didn't come close to that total value, although the $35.1 million average annual value was notable. The opt-outs give him the opportunity to hit the open market again when a lockout isn't hovering over the offseason and throwing off the free-agency timeline.
Yet he was off to an inconsistent start prior to the finger injury, slashing .255/.320/.372 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 24 games this season.
Correa's track record suggests he will find more consistency when he returns, which could give him the chance to land a megacontract this offseason.