Carlos Correa apparently isn’t headed to San Francisco after all.
Amid the Giants’ concerns about his fitness, the superstar shortstop has agreed to a new 12-year, $315 million contract with the New York Mets, according to the New York Post. The stunning news broke late Tuesday night, exactly one week after Correa and the Giants agreed to a $350 million, 13-year deal.
Correa’s induction conference with the Giants was set for Tuesday but was postponed, with multiple outlets reporting a medical issue had emerged from his fitness. Although the exact concern has not been clarified, the club has been concerned about Correa’s back before and after entering into an agreement with him, per NBC Sports Bay Area.
The Giants and Correa’s camp then reportedly had a disagreement over his medical, opening the door for super agent Scott Boras, who Correa signed earlier this year, to negotiate a new contract with the Mets.
“We need one more thing, and this is it,” Mets owner Steve Cohen told The Post. “That was important… That puts us on top. This is a good team. I hope they are a good team!”.
The Mets were definitely in 2022, winning 101 games before falling in the wild-card round to the Padres. That was the case with Jacob deGrom, who is now with the Texas Rangers, but without Japanese shortstop Kodai Senga and Justin Verlander, who signed a two-year deal with New York this offseason after winning the AL Cy Young and helping the Houston to win the World Series — and Korea. The fellow former Astro posted a 140 OPS+ last year with the Twins.
The two-time All-Star not only changes teams, again, but also positions. With two-time Gold Glover Francisco Lindor entrenched at shortstop in Queens, Correa will reportedly move to third base. The 28-year-old Correa, a Gold Glover himself, has only played shortstop during his eight-year career. The same goes for the 29-year-old Lindor. Both players made their major league debuts in 2015 and finished first and second in the AL Rookie of the Year race (Correa won the award).
The two Puerto Rican natives are longtime friends and have competed in the World Baseball Classic in the past. They will now be arguably the best left side of a home run in baseball. The addition of Correa also elevates a Mets lineup that already includes Lindor, Pete Alonso and Brandon Nimmo into one of the game’s best.
For the Giants, it’s a devastating development after finally landing a big fish in free agency after many swings and misses over the past decade. Correa was going to be the cornerstone of their franchise for years to come. His $350 million deal was more than double what they had ever committed to in a previous deal. Additionally, the timing of this breakup leaves them without another superstar to acquire on the open market and few impact bats to even pursue what is returning to an unmatched lineup.
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