The Minnesota Wild are not just a hockey team
While the Detroit Tigers were acting in responsible fashion last week, their division rivals were taking a little walk on the wild side with Lou Reed.
The Minnesota Twins pulled off three significant trades and made two free agent signings, including one Carlos Correa.
They acquired and dealt away Isiah Kiner-Falefa. They traded away Josh Donaldson and Mitch Garver. Major pieces came back in the forms of Gio Urshela, Gary Sánchez, and Sonny Gray. In terms of the Avila method of being careful with prospects, the Twins showed some skin at the beach and put last year’s top draft pick Chase Petty in play for the Reds to get Gray in the fold.
But it’s the late Friday night Zoom call with Twins execs and Scott Boras on Friday that stunned the baseball world putting Correa in Minneapolis for at least the next season at a steep $35M per year for 3 seasons. Correa can opt-out each season but until he does, the Twins have added the best talent on the market and their competitors did not.
They are missing starting pitching depth, but it may not even matter in the suddenly tougher AL Central.
Minnesota has come to play in 2022 and put their commitment and cash where their mouth is.