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Carlos Correa improved his average to .333 on off-season physicals this week as the Minnesota Twins doctors cleared him to finalize his reported six-year, $200 million deal with the club.
According to the New York Post’s Jon Heyman, who first reported that Correa passed his physical, the Twins will officially announce the shortstop’s new contract sometime Wednesday.
Although Correa did not technically fail his team physicals with the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants, concerns over his surgically repaired leg led both clubs to back out of nine-figure agreements with the two-time All-Star.
The Mets were reportedly interested in working out a compromise with Correa, who ultimately decided to return to Minnesota.
Carlos Correa improved his average to .333 on off-season physicals this week as the Minnesota Twins doctors cleared him to finalize his reported six-year, $200 million deal
ESPN was the first to report Correa's agreement in Minnesota, which could be worth as much as $270 million due to a vesting option tied to certain benchmarks.
According to ESPN, Correa's vesting option becomes official, and would add four years to the deal, if he can pass a medical review beginning Tuesday and concluding on Wednesday. The shortstop had surgery in 2014 to repair a fractured right fibula as well as damage to his ligaments. The Mets and Giants were reportedly concerned about how Correa's leg would age, prompting both clubs to pull out of their respective agreements.
Correa played for Minnesota last season, but declined a $35.1 million player option on his contract to test the free agency market this winter.
Twins spokespeople did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com's request for confirmation.
Tuesday morning, Jon Heyman first reported that the Twins' talks with Correa were 'gaining steam,' which may have surprised Mets fans, who believed their team was still working to finalize their 12-year, $315million agreement with the two-time All-Star.
A similar problem put the kibosh on his 13-year, $350 million deal with the Giants, who abruptly canceled a December 20 press conference with their new shortstop when doctors flagged the results of his physical in San Francisco.
SNY insider Andy Martino reported last week that the Mets became 'very frustrated' during negotiations, and may have considered abandoning negotiations.
A team source cited by SNY claimed New York was 'considering walking away altogether.' Though another source mentioned there is a 'strong chance' an accord is reached despite the current difficulties.
Other teams also expressed interest in the two-time All-Star, according to Heyman, but it appears as though he is going to remain in Minneapolis.
Correa's $200 million deal would be the largest in club history, topping home-state hero Joe Mauer's eight-year, $184 million contract extension from 2010.