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The Carlos Correa saga is finally over, plus John Calipari’s seat is hotter than ever at Kentucky

The Carlos Correa saga is finally over, plus John Calipari's seat is hotter than ever at Kentucky


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CARLOS CORREA AND THE MINNESOTA TWINS

For a week, he was a Giant. Then, for about three weeks, he was a Met. Now, Carlos Correa is a Twin — again — after agreeing to a six-year, $200-million deal, (likely) ending one of the strangest free agency sagas we’ve ever seen.

Here’s a quick rundown of Correa’s busy offseason:

There are, obviously, major questions to answer, and the first is: Can Correa pass a physical? The Twins’ deal is for fewer years and less money compared to the others, and the Twins medically cleared him last year, so that seems like a good start.

Next: What does this mean for the Mets? Our Dayn Perry has answers.

  • Perry: “Correa had been poised to shift to third base in deference to Francisco Lindor, so there will be no upheaval at the shortstop position. … The larger matter is whether this changes the outlook in the NL East. The margins are tight between the Mets and Braves, just as they were last season, and subtracting Correa from the Mets’ outlook may be enough to flip things back to Atlanta.

It’s important to remember just how good Correa is, even if the shine has worn off a bit over the last month. Correa, 28, is in his prime, ranked as our third-best free agent this offseason and, as R.J. Anderson notes, is on track to be a Hall of Famer according to his WAR producition. He has dealt with injuries as a Major Leaguer, but the lower leg/ankle hasn’t been an issue.

Correa and agent Scott Boras have seemingly salvaged a perilous situation, and the Twins have somehow retained a highly sought-after star.

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THE KENTUCKY WILDCATS

South Carolina lost 85-42 at home against then-No. 8 Tennessee on Satuday. Last night, the Gamecocks went to Kentucky and won for just the third time ever at Rupp Arena, beating the woeful Wildcats, 71-68.

Things were already dire in Lexington. They are now worse following that loss.

  • Kentucky is 1-3 in the SEC for the first time since 1986-87. The Wildcats’ 28-game home winning streak — the second-longest active streak in the nation — is over.
  • Kentucky was a 20-point favorite. For reference, Kentucky was “only” an 18.5-point favorite in last year’s shocking NCAA Tournament loss to Saint…

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