‘There’s a guy who fits your ballpark’ — How the Twins and Carlos Correa pulled off the offseason’s biggest shock – The Athletic

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The text hit Thad Levine’s phone at 12:20 pm on Friday. It was Scott Boras.

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Though the message was somewhat vague, the tone was fairly direct.

“We need to talk.”

It didn’t take long for Levine, the Twins’ general manager, to recognize this was a conversation the team wanted. Baseball’s top agent doesn’t call about just anybody. He had only three prominent clients unsigned: Carlos Correa, Nick Castellanos and Michael Conforto. All were very appealing to the Twins.

After a quick consultation with Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey, Levine scheduled the call. In doing so, they opened the door for the biggest free-agent signing in the Twins’ 61-year history, one that shocked the baseball world and still has the industry buzzing.

Fourteen hours, dozens of Exchanges, two late-night pizzas, an impromptu Zoom call and a skipped corporate dinner later, the Twins closed the deal, marking the height of the post-lockout, free-agent Frenzy.

Falvey, Levine and other members of the Twins’ front office worked late into the night at the team’s spring-training offices. Boras bounced from Orange County to Phoenix to Houston during the course of the breakneck negotiations. Once the news became official on Tuesday, Correa, 27, became the highest-paid infielder by average annual value in Major League Baseball history. In far more stunning news, they also became the Minnesota Twin.

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