‘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.


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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