Under a 12-year contract with the Mets, Carlos Correa Still at a loss, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports that the Twins have not only returned to Correa’s mix, but have emerged as legitimate candidates to re-sign him.twitter link, with audio, via MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM). Meanwhile, Andy Martino of SNY wrote that the Mets were “extremely frustrated” with the state of negotiations and were even considering scrapping the deal. Martino stresses that negotiations between the Mets and Correa aren’t over, but it’s nonetheless a bleak turn in Correa’s wild and unparalleled free-agent narrative.
The latest wave of drama follows an evening report from The New York Post’s Jon Heyman that showed Correa and agent Scott Boras engaged at least one other team yesterday afternoon. Heyman also noted that Minnesota had been in contact with the Correa campaign in recent weeks.
The Twins and Correa have “some momentum,” Bowden said, adding that Minnesota appears more willing to take risks with Correa than the Giants or Mets. The Twins’ latest offer for Correa was reported to be a 10-year, $285 million contract, but that was before the Giants blew him out of the water with his 13-year, $350 million bid. was performed on It’s unclear if Minnesota made any changes to its offer.
That Giants agreement feels like ancient history, as San Francisco canceled Correa’s introductory press conference after Correa’s body terrified the team. There’s no indication that they’ve done so, but while they’re deciding on their next step, the Mets swoop in and agree to sign Correa to a 12-year, $315 million deal. Shortly thereafter, however, the Mets expressed their own concerns regarding Correa’s body. The contract has not yet been finalized.
At issue for both the Giants and Mets is a foot injury from nearly a decade ago and concerns about how it will affect All-Star infielders going forward. In 2014, while playing in the Astros minor league his system, Correa, then 19, fractured his fibula while sliding into third base. The injury required surgery and a metal plate was inserted into Correa’s leg.
The exact concerns about the long-term stability of Correa’s foot are unclear, but the Giants and Mets are at least concerned enough to put the brakes on the reported agreement. They reportedly discussed adding a clause that would change the terms of the contract in the event of serious injury. It’s unclear if they also tried to shorten either the length of the contract or the full warranty.
Correa, of course, spent the 2022 season in Minnesota, batting .291/.366/.467 in 590 plate appearances. This came under the terms of a three-year, $105.1 million deal between the parties signed last March, but Correa hopes to secure a long-term deal. , triggered the first of two opt-out clauses in the contract after the season, a deal that missed him on his final trip through free agency.
While it’s easy to assume the Twins are fully aware of Correa’s health, The Athletic’s Dan Hayes reported in late December that the team did not conduct extensive testing on Correa during the season. . That’s understandable, but especially notable given that Correa had an injury scare to the leg in question in late September. Correa limped off the field and although he remained in the game, he admitted after the game that he felt numbness and vibrations in his surgically repaired leg.
That incident occurred on September 20, and Correa never missed the final week of the season after that. Correa batted .346/.393/.481 in 56 at-bats from September 20 through the end of the season, hitting home runs and four doubles.