Carlos Correa and Mets agree to 12-year, $315 million deal when Giants deal dissolves
Amid the Giants’ concerns about his physicality, the superstar shortstop has agreed to a new 12-year, $315 million deal with the New York Mets, according to the New York Post. The surprising news came on Tuesday evening, exactly one week after Correa and the Giants reached a 13-year, $350 million deal.
Correa’s introductory conference call with the Giants was set for Tuesday but was postponed, with multiple outlets reporting that a medical issue had arisen from his physical. While the exact concern hasn’t been fleshed out, the club was weary before Correa’s back and then come to a deal with him, by NBC Sports Bay Area.
The Giants and Correa’s camp then had a difference of opinion over his medicals, opening the door for superagent Scott Boras, who Correa signed earlier this year, to negotiate a new contract with the Mets.
“We need one more thing, and that’s it,” Mets owner Steve Cohen told The Post. “That was important. . . . That puts us over the top. This is a good team. I hope it’s a good team!”
The Mets certainly were in 2022, winning 101 games before falling in the wild-card round to the parents. This was with Jacob de Gromwho is now with the Texas Rangers, though without Japanese pitcher Kodai Senga i Justin Verlanderthat he signed a two-year contract with New York this offseason after winning the AL Cy Young and helping Houston win the World Series — and Correa. Fellow former Astro posted a 140 OPS+ last year with the Twins.
The two-time All-Star isn’t just changing teams, again, but changing positions. With the double Gold Glover Francisco Lindor Entrenched at shortstop in Queens, Correa will move to third base. Correa, 28, a Gold Glover, has only played shortstop in 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 Rico natives are longtime friends and previously teamed up at the World Baseball Classic. Now they will make up arguably the best left side of a tandem on the baseball field. Adding Correa also elevates a Mets lineup that already features Lindor, Pete Alonso i Brandon Nimmo in one of the best in the game.
For the Giants, it’s a devastating development after they finally landed a big fish in free agency after numerous trades and mistakes over the past decade. Correa was in line to be their franchise cornerstone for years to come. Their $350 million deal was more than double what they had ever committed to in a previous deal. In addition, the timing of this dissolution leaves them without another superstar to acquire on the open market and with few impact bats to even pursue for what is once again a lackluster lineup.
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