Carlos Correa #4 of the Minnesota Twins Getty Images | Stephen Maturen

All eyes are on the 2015 American League Rookie of The Year to secure the next colossal contract in this year's offseason. After spending the first seven years of his career with the Houston Astros, the 2022 Minnesota Twins star shortstop Carlos Correa has exercised the opt-out clause in his contract and has become a free agent this winter.

Both New York Yankees Aaron Judge and Philadelphia Phillies Trae Turner have re-signed with their respective teams for monstrous long-term contracts this week. Xander Bogaerts also sealed a major deal, when he traded the eastern seaboard, for the waves of the west coast, signing Thursday with the San Diego Padres for over a decade.

The 2021 Gold Glove Award winner belted 22 homers, scored 70 runs, and hit .291 with 64 RBIs last season. In MLB's offseason game of musical chairs, where will two-time All-Star free agent land when the music stops?

Here are the three top destinations for free agent Carlos Correa

San Francisco Giants

After not landing Linden, California native, Judge, who re-signed Wednesday with the Bronx bombers, the Giants could look in Correa's direction as a plan B.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Correa is "the most obvious fit" for the Giants. San Fransisco offered Judge somewhere in the ballpark of $360 million to go back home to California. The Giants finalizing a deal with the 2017 world series champion shortstop, is well within San Fransisco's budget. Correa could find himself in swinging for the fences inside Oracle Park in 2023.

Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox failed to re-sign four-time All-Star shortstop Xander Bogaerts to a long-term contract. Two-time Silver Slugger Award winner and 2022 Red Sox second baseman, Trevor Story, has the ability to play shortstop, and step in for Boston's vacancy at the position. However, it would make sense for the Red Sox to go after a household name to replace Bogaerts, and keep Story at second base for 2023.

Correa could be the right addition for Boston. The Ponce, Puerto Rico native could be a cornerstone asset in aiding the Red Sox back into contention. In 2022 the Boston Red Sox went 26-50 against their AL East opponents and finished with a disappointing 78-84 overall record in the regular season. The Puerto Rican would bring top-tier talent on both sides of the ball and ease the void of Bogaerts' departure.

Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins would love to keep Correa in the lineup. According to Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic, as prospective teams continue their pursuit of the superstar infielder, the Twins have met with Correa twice since the league’s Winter Meetings began Sunday.

The eight-year veteran holds a lot of leverage in free agency this offseason among shortstop-needing teams. As a mid-market team, Minnesota will find it hard to compete with the recent big league signings. In case they are unable to re-sign Correa, the Twins have their eyes set on Atlanta Braves shortstop slugger Dansby Swanson to fill the star's vacancy.

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