Surprise team could be Twins’ competition for Carlos Correa

Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa is likely opting out of his contract and entering free agency after this season, and one “dark horse” team may have their eyes on him.

Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa is reportedly likely to opt out of his contract after this season and enter free agency. Several teams may have their eyes on him, but the Baltimore Orioles are one of the most surprising.

The Orioles have been considered one of the worst teams in MLB for quite some time, so it was surprising when the top free agent was connected to them during the lockout. However, Baltimore is having much more success this season than usual, so they may have a legitimate shot at landing Correa, according to Tim Boyle of FanSided.

Correa may be one of the best options for the Orioles.

Carlos Correa could significantly help the Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles need help in the lineup. Among all MLB teams, they currently have the 12th-worst batting average (.240) and ninth-worst on-base percentage (.307). They’re roughly league average in slugging percentage (.395) and OPS (.702), but they still have a lot of room to improve.

Correa would undoubtedly help improve the lineup. The current Orioles shortstop Jorge Mateo is hitting .231/.280/.405 for an OPS of .685. He’s one of the best hitters in Baltimore, but he has bad walk and strikeout percentages (4.8 and 29.0, respectively). Correa would be an upgrade.

Correa is hitting .263/.339/.425 for an OPS of .764. This is one of his worst seasons, but he still shows potential and would likely be the best hitter in Baltimore if he joined the team.