The Minnesota Twins committed $200 million to shortstop Carlos Correa in the offseason, the most the franchise has committed to one player.
And Correa is not playing like a $200 million player.
Through 36 games of the 2023 MLB seasonCorrea is hitting an anemic .185 at the plate, and Minnesota fans are voicing their discontent.
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Correa went 0-5 at the plate Tuesday, leaving six runners on base when the Twins lost to the San Diego Padreswith Twins fans booing their star after his last two at-bats.
«I would also boo myself with the amount of money I’m making, if I’m playing like this,» Correa said.
“Obviously, (boos are) acceptable. It’s part of the game, part of the sport,» Correa said. «The fans want production and the fans want a team that competes and wins games. It’s to be expected when you play poorly. But at the same time, the work doesn’t stop. I’m going to keep working and keep focusing on the things I can control, and the results will come.»
Correa returned to Minnesota in the offseason after a strange few months in which the two-time All-Star reportedly agreed to terms with the San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets before both deals fell through.
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Both the Giants and Mets had problems with Correa’s physique, which focused on his surgically repaired leg in 2014.
Despite Correa not being a factor at the plate, Minnesota still managed to get off to a 19-17 start, good for first place in the league. american league center.
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«Carlos has a great perspective,» manager Rocco Baldelli said, according to MLB.com. «He knows it. He understands it. Adding stress to a situation never works. Adding ideas to a situation and adding a little bit of patience for yourself and some ways to calm down probably work better than anything else.»
Correa will earn $32 million during the 2023 MLB season.
Associated Press contributed to this report.