Here we sit in January wondering about the latest on Carlos Correa and his free agency drama.
What’s old is new insofar as Correa’s seemingly endless quest to land a coveted long-term deal in free agency. Two teams have offered and agreed to contracts that total a combined value north of $650 million only to have Correa remain unsigned.
It appeared this whole thing had been wrapped up — twice — but roughly a month after Correa agreed to a deal with the San Francisco Giants, his back door deal with the New York Mets is stuck in the mud.
Now things appear to be back at square one. Correa’s physical with the Mets raised the same red flags the one he took with the Giants did, and now Scott Boras is talking to other teams as means of turning the screws on Steve Cohen (at least that’s the easiest reading of a messy situation).
The Minnesota Twins are back in the conversation after being left at the alter back in December, but there’s a lot to unpack and keep track of as the Carlos Correa plot thickens.
Latest on Carlos Correa drama with Mets
Here’s a live look at the current state of affairs in Queens right now:
Yeah, it’s messy.
This is twice that Correa has raised red flags during his physical, and twice that a contract north of $300 million has been halted due to those concerns. It begs the question of why the Twins would think things would be any different for them, but that’s another conversation.
What isn’t up for debate is the fact that Correa’s deal with the Mets is in jeopardy. It isn’t dead, though, nor might it be on life support or in critical danger of falling apart.
It’s sort of baffling to see it this way, but the red flag in his physical might end up being more of a speed bump than anything else. One source close to the Mets told Jon Heyman and Greg Joyce of the New York Post that “ultimately, I don’t think Mr. Cohen is going to let him go,” which seems to indicate this is still a negotiation.
What that also implies is the Twins are once again being used as leverage by Boras, who is likely the source of the growing number of times the ballclub is being mentioned in the wake of this latest hiccup with the Mets.
Right now Correa still has an offer on the table form the Mets, Cohen seems motivated to get a deal done but one that he doesn’t have to take a shower after offering, and all sides seem to want to make a deal in New York happen.
Carlos Correa Twins contract details: Would Minnesota still make a deal?
The bars inside the Twins bank vault are still rattling from the offer Thad Levine called up Scott Boras with. Minnesota backed up the Brink’s truck with a 10-year, $285 million contract that would have gone down as the largest the franchise has ever put on its books.
For what it’s worth, it’s still the biggest contract the Twins have ever offered a player and dwarfs the Joe Mauer deal by $101 million plus two extra years.
It’s hard to see the Twins not changing that offer if things actually break back their way. Also consider whether Boras sees a chance to double up his brilliant bet he placed on Correa last season and goes with a max AAV on a shorter deal while still cashing in on a monster contract in 2024 or 2025.
MLB insider Jim Bowden said on Friday that the Twins were ‘front and center’ in the conversation about Correa and that there was a ‘serious possibility’ they could steal him away from the Mets amid this chaos.
That actually works in the Twins favor, as it gives Boras and Correa the best of both worlds while also allowing Minnesota’s front office to salvage an offseason that went colder than the temperature this time of year.
Carlos Correa Giants contract update: What about San Francisco?
All has been quiet on the West Coast front since the San Francisco Giants canceled their introductory press conference with Correa.
Keep in mind, however, that the deal itself was never thrown out. That means there’s a slim chance the Giants could still land Correa since they’re still technically on the board. The lack of momentum in the rumor mill might suggest that San Francisco has moved on, but stranger things have happened and this is perhaps the strangest case we’ve encountered in a long time.
The Giants originally offered Correa a 13-year, $350 million contract that was initially agreed to. the contract that the Twins were left in the dust over, and seems to still be hanging in the ether. It’s hard to imagine the Giants:
- Going back to Correa after all that has happened
- Not drastically altering the deal to reduce the dollar amount based on risk assessment of his leg injury
Still, as bizarre as this whole saga has been, we can’t count anything out.
Carlos Correa leg injury update
This is the proverbial turd in the punch bowl. It spoiled the party in San Francisco and has put everyone back into the thick of the drama in New York.
Correa suffered a pretty brutal leg injury while in the Houston Astros minor league system that required reconstructive surgery to repair. While it hasn’t been a massive issue since, as Correa hasn’t needed to go to IL because of it, the long-term stability of his leg has raised questions — and red flags in his physical.
Just because Correa’s leg has been flagged in physicals doesn’t mean that he’s injured or that his leg is in obvious danger of being re-injured. Rather, team doctors are looking at what risk threshold for potential for future injury is and clearly do not like the predictive data they see.
Keep in mind, this in no way guarantees that at some point over the course of the next decade Correa’s leg injury will resurface. But it’s a risk that needs to be assessed, especially when a team is investing as much money and time as the Mets are.