Carlos Correa changed destination a second time to return to the original location.
A person close to the talks said the Puerto Rican reached a six-year, $200 million deal on Tuesday to return to the Minnesota Twins, the team he played for.
Correa was not able to formalize previous agreements with the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants.
The star shortstop could sign a $270 million deal over 10 seasons if the player stays healthy. The signing is contingent on a successful medical, as the deal has not been officially announced, said a source who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Correa was in the Minneapolis metropolitan area to be tested Tuesday, the person said.
On December 13, Correa reached a 13-year, $350 million deal with the Giants, who scheduled a press conference a week later to announce the signing.
In 2014 the conference was canceled hours after it took place due to club concerns about an ankle injury to Correa.
That night, Correa agreed to a 12-year, $315 million deal with the Mets, who also raised ankle concerns after a medical on December 22 and tried to negotiate ways to protect him in case of injury. were preventing him from signing while doing so.
The deal with the Twins calls for an $8 million signing bonus. Half of that amount will be covered next month and the other in February 2024.
Salaries will be $32 million in the first two seasons, $36 million in 2025, $31.5 million in 2026, $30.5 million in 2027 and $30 million in 2028.
Similarly, the agreement includes renewal options for 25 million in 2029, 20 million in 2030, 15 million in 2031 and 10 million in 2032. Those salaries are guaranteed if Korea displays a 575 plate in 2028, 550 in 2029, 525 in 2030 and 525 in 2019. 502 in 2031.
The contract can be 225 million in seven seasons, 246 million in eight years and 260 million in nine seasons.
Correa’s options would also be activated if he finished in the top five in MVP voting for the season, the ALCS or the World Series, or if he won the Silver Slugger.
The source said that after medicals, the Mets were willing to pay $157.5 million guaranteed over six seasons.
Although the guaranteed money kept shrinking with each successive deal, the annual value increased from $26.9 million with San Francisco to $33.3 million with Minnesota.
New York originally would have guaranteed $210 million over the first eight seasons.
Correa left the ranks of the Houston Astros and joined the Twins in the offseason prior to last year via a three-year, $105.3 million deal that included termination options after each season. After earning 35.1 million in 2022, the Puerto Rican sought a long-term contract with another team.
Correa’s agent Scott Boras insisted last month that surgery to repair the player’s right fibula fracture in 2014 should not be a problem. Dr. Kevin Werner, chairman of the department of orthopedics at Houston Methodist Hospital, operated on Chorea.