The Minnesota Twins’ impressive offseason continued over the weekend when they won the Carlos Correa sweepstakes — signing the All-Star shortstop to a three-year, $105.3 million deal.
It’s been a busy week for the American League Central team, who also acquired Cincinnati Reds ace Sonny Gray to bolster their pitching staff before sending Josh Donaldson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa to the New York Yankees for catcher Gary Sanchez and third baseman Gio Urshela.
The deal with New York was a brilliant bit of financial maneuvering from the Twins, who were able to get $50 million off the books — providing them the flexibility to bring on Correa, who was a Yankees target.
Since breaking into the majors in 2015, the 27-year-old Correa possesses an .837 OPS with 162-game averages of 29 home runs and 105 RBI. He’s also dependable with the glove, posting a .981 fielding percentage at shortstop with a DRS (defensive runs saved) of 67.
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It’s another step in the right direction for the Twins still doesn’t put them over the top in the American League Central. The Chicago White Sox are still the overwhelming favorites to take the division.
However, their odds have improved to not only draw them closer to the Detroit Tigers — the team with the second-best odds in the AL Central — but to experience a significant jump in the World Series conversation.
Here is a look at how the current odds stack up around Major League Baseball: