Carlos Correa was still going to get the ‘Dior’ contract, but not Twins

There’s a legendary tale that dates back to mid-May 1978, when the Dallas-Fort Worth newspaper fight was at its zenith, and Steve Pate was sent to Arlington Stadium to write a lengthy piece about the newly slugger. acquired from Rangers, Bobby Bonds. .

Rangers arranged for Bonds to meet Pate in the home dugout mid-afternoon for the interview.

And I so hope it’s true that Pate’s first (rhetorical) question was, “Bobby, they say you have a drinking problem,” thus limiting the new Bonds tract quotes to a few profanities.

Even then, the tradition in sports media was to chatter about the subject for a while before asking a potentially difficult question.

In the early 80s we had our incendiary sportswriter in the Twin Cities when Channel 5 brought in Robb Leer. It didn’t take long, and young Robb was peppering sports team press conferences and post-game uproars around player booths with hand grenades disguised as questions.

We lost Robb in the mid-90s in the news department and then in the private sector. Luckily, Jim Rich started in 2002 at Channel 9 and spent two decades becoming our sports quiz icon.

Leer was blunt – “Boom!” – as Rich circles around, even offering a few potential answers to the topic before asking what may turn out to be a good question.

And so it was on Thursday, when the Twins 2022 had played their last home game (4-3 loss against Chicago), that Carlos Correa was at his locker as usual.

I watched the video, and there appear to be two TV crews and a handful of beat reporters, asking the standout shortstop about the end of the home game of what should be a single season with the Twins.

There were some familiar responses to Correa, and then Rich came up with this: “Would you like to see this as a situation where you would like to see the organization do certain things in terms of their plan to make it a better organization so that you don’t sit outside the playoffs?’

Correa may have gotten lost there with Rich’s traditional answer as part of his question, but the result was the closest to total candor we’ve gotten from Carlos on what might be keeping him in Minnesota. :

“When I go to the mall and I go to the Dior store, when I want something, I get it. I ask how much it costs and I buy it,” he said. “If you really want something, just go get it. I’m the product here. If they want my product, they just come get it.”

The initial reaction to seeing the quote as standalone was to go on Twitter and shoot Correa for bragging about being a Dior shopper (I did). Then it was revealed to be a response to a question from Rich at the end of Correa’s interview.

On Friday, Rich said: “I didn’t hear that being arrogant, just Carlos telling the truth. It’s a product, and like the players do, it’s a Dior product. When you try to sign it , you shop at Dior.’

There are no villains here; not a candid Correa, not the Twins.

Correa missed the dollar bonanza that came for shortstops Cory Seager, Marcus Semien and Javier Baez ahead of the Dec. 2, 2021 lockout. Scott Boras was Texas’ $500 million trading agent for Seager (325 million) and Semien ($175 million).

Correa changed agents for Boras in mid-January. The lockout ended on March 10. There were no short-notice $300 million deals for Correa.

A week later, Boras was talking to Twins general manager Thad Levine about another player and basically asked him, “Do you want Correa for a year?”

The main commitment was that Correa would earn more on an annual average — $36 million — than those other shortstops. The Twins also agreed to two years out of that number.

Still, if he was healthy and productive, Correa was going to hit the free agent market. The kick in the shins for the Twins is that the backup they had lined up in 2023, Royce Lewis, blew a knee while playing three innings from center field at Target Field.

There will again be a solid market for free agent shortstops, but Correa, who just turned 28, is the best of them all. It will receive a minimum of $250 million from the size of Dior, and not from here.

It was Boras’ plan, one and done, from the moment he mentioned Correa to Levine.

As for the Twins’ shortstop on Opening Day 2023, wouldn’t it be intriguing if they gave Brooks Lee, the eighth overall pick this summer, a real look in spring training? ?

He can play, and at the price of Marshall for a while.

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