The prior week in MLB was about a team in the American League signing a shortstop to a multi-year contract, a reliever in the National League setting a record for arbitration amount, and a club will be without a starting pitcher when the regular season begins.
Minnesota Twins Re-sign Shortstop Carlos Correa to Six-Year Contract
The Minnesota Twins ended the Carlos Correa saga by signing the uber-talented shortstop to a long-term deal.
Per Jeff Passan of ESPN, the contract terms will be $200 million over six years, including vesting options that can increase the contract’s total value worth $270 million over 10 seasons.
The contract also contains a full no-trade clause, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Correa gets a full no trade in Twins deal
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 10, 2023
Heyman adds that vesting options depend on the number of plate appearances.
Cleaning this up: years 7-10 in Twins deal vest with 575 plate appearances (year 7), then 550, 525 and finally 502 https://t.co/VhA1QO1CmV
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 10, 2023
Correa had previously agreed to deals with the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets this offseason, but both were not completed because of a medical issue.
Correa suffered an ankle injury in 2014, and both the Giants and Mets were concerned about his ability to play long-term.
Correa signed a multi-year deal with the Twins last offseason but opted out of the contract to become a free agent.
The shortstop had a solid campaign last year as he posted a .291 batting average and .834 OPS in 136 games with 590 plate appearances, 70 runs scored, 152 hits, 24 doubles, one triple, 22 home runs, and 64 RBIs.
The Twins made a wise move by signing Correa to a long-term deal, as he will give the team a chance to be competitive.
San Diego Padres Reliever Josh Hader Sets Record for Arbitration
The San Diego Padres and left-handed reliever Josh Hader have avoided arbitration by agreeing on a $14.1-million salary for the 2023 season, per Robert Murray of Fansided.
Source: Josh Hader, Padres settle at $14.1 million, avoiding arbitration. It’s the biggest salary in arbitration history for a reliever.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) January 13, 2023
This is the largest salary given to a reliever in arbitration history.
Hader had a salary of $11 million last year, but it was not easy for him.
He authored a 5.22 ERA in 50 innings split between the Milwaukee Brewers and Padres.
The reliever maintained an impressive 14.6 K/9 and saved 36 games through his struggles.
Hader is hopeful to rebound in the upcoming season as he is slated to become a free agent at the end of the 2023 season.
New York Yankees Starting Pitcher Frankie Montas Will Miss Start of Season With Shoulder Injury
The New York Yankees will be without a starting rotation member when the season begins as starting pitcher Frankie Montas is experiencing shoulder inflammation.
He will miss the first months of the season, per Jon Heyman and Dan Martin of the New York Post.
Sources: Lingering shoulder issue has Yankees starter Frankie Montas behind, and he’s thought most likely to return to pitch in Mayhttps://t.co/YjtMJEVEOO
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 14, 2023
Montas had dealt with shoulder inflammation at the end of last season and was placed on the injured list in mid-September.
He is about 8-10 weeks behind in his offseason recovery and likely will not return until May.
The Yankees acquired Montas last year from the Oakland Athletics before the MLB trade deadline to strengthen their rotation.
However, Montas struggled with the Yankees as he posted a 6.35 ERA and 4.93 FIP across 39 2/3 innings pitched (eight starts).
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