The Chicago White Sox thought that the Minnesota Twins would be the team that battled it out with them for the American League Central Division title. However, the White Sox came in second and the Twins came in third as the Cleveland Guardians swooped in and took the crown.
Both the Sox and Twins have big offseasons ahead as they try to improve their team going into 2023. That is going to be very hard for the White Sox but it may be even harder for the twins for one big reason. It sounds like they are going to lose Carlos Correa.
He is going to opt out of his contract after one year and test free agency again. He won’t have a lockout to deal with this time around. He could go back to the Twins for more money but the opt-out is not a good sign.
This is big news because the Minnesota Twins really enjoyed having him for one season. Of course, prior to 2022, he was an elite player with the Houston Astros. He didn’t have the same team success in Minnesota as he did in Houston but there is no doubt that he is still amazing.
The Chicago White Sox might not be seeing Carlos Correa on the Twins in 2023.
This is good news for the White Sox as getting an elite player off the Twins is really nice. It will improve the White Sox’s chances to win games against them in 2023 if he leaves and it will also decrease the likelihood that the Twins can win enough games to be competitive.
Correa is certainly not signing with the Chicago White Sox as they have Tim Anderson at shortstop. Of course, Tim or Carlos could play second but neither of them would probably take that idea too kindly, especially Correa.
The only bad news is that doesn’t mean that he is leaving the AL Central for good. A lot of people thought that he’d end up with the Detroit Tigers before choosing the Minnesota Twins. They ended up with Javier Baez instead but he is not as good as Correa.
Baez may be willing to make the move back to second base as he has played a little bit in his time with the Chicago Cubs. Speaking of the northsiders, they are a team that will be in the mix for Correa as well.
We don’t know for sure where the superstar shortstop will land but it is unlikely to be in Minnesota at this point. Nobody in Chicago is mad about it for one reason or another. Maybe he will make it easy on the White Sox and sign with a National League team.