We found out early in the morning on Saturday that Carlos Correa will be a Chicago White Sox division rival as he has signed with the Minnesota Twins. It is a three-year deal that includes opt-outs after each of the first two years.
It was undoubtedly a stunner for all fans of Major League Baseball as the Twins were never once mentioned as a possible destination for him. Now, he is joining a team that came in last place but they have some pieces that can help them be much better this year.
Carlos Correa played in the last game that the White Sox played. He was a member of the Houston Astros team that defeated the White Sox in the 2021 American League Division series. With Houston in his career, he has been a part of significant team success including three American League Pennants and a World Series championship.
Correa had a dominant series against the White Sox last October but his regular-season numbers are pretty average by his standards. Because he is in the division now, it is fair for White Sox to wonder how he has fared against them in his career.
Carlos Correa has been dominant in his career but not against the White Sox.
He has played in 29 games against the White Sox where he has a slash line of .228/.339/.406 for an OPS of .745. He also only has five home runs in those games. Those aren’t terrible numbers, and most people would sign up for certain players like that.
However, they don’t compare to the elite career averages that could land him in the Hall of Fame one day. That is a long time from now but we know the damage that he can cause on a regular basis.
Now, just because he hasn’t been his typical self against the White Sox in the past doesn’t mean that he won’t be in the future. The White Sox have also never faced him at Target Field where he has over a 1.000 career OPS.
It is going to be strange seeing him play there. It isn’t, as mentioned before, the best news that he is going to Minnesota but the White Sox have to deal with it now. It is up to them to contain the stars in the division and worry about their own game. Hopefully, that is the case in 2022.