Carlos Correa’s free agency saga continues without him signing a contract, this time with the New York Mets.
the new york post office reports that Correa’s representatives have “renewed contact with at least one other interested team or two” in addition to the Mets.
New York is trying to negotiate new language for his contract, which has been agreed to at $315 million over 12 seasons.
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This delay comes when the Mets found something wrong with Correa’s physique, which is what led the San Francisco Giants to reject a multi-year contract with the shortstop.
Correa’s camp reportedly hadn’t had much contact with the Mets until Thursday, when things picked up. The Mets are optimistic that a deal will be finalized.
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The Minnesota Twins, for whom Correa played last season, are one of the teams agent Scott Boras has been in contact with.
“Ultimately, I don’t think Mr. Cohen will let him go,” a source told the Post.
Mets owner Steve Cohen has been adamant about getting the best talent on the free agent market, making his roster arguably the best on paper for next season. The Mets’ biggest additions were to the pitching staff after losing Jacob deGrom to the Texas Rangers.
Justin Verlander, José Quintana and Japanese star Kodai Senga were added to the Mets’ pitching staff, and they also re-signed All-Star closer Edwin Díaz to a long-term deal. Offensively, Brandon Nimmo has re-signed and Omar Narváez is the presumed starting catcher heading to training camp.
However, Correa would be another game-changing addition for the Mets, who won 101 games last season before falling to the San Diego Padres in the wild-card round.
The problem for the former Houston Astro is his right ankle, which was surgically repaired in 2014 and was a concern for the Giants before Correa jumped ship and reached a deal with the Mets.
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Correa reportedly doesn’t want to renegotiate the financial terms of the deal, but the Mets feel they need to tweak some terms because of the risk they see in the player.
It’s also more of a long-term problem than a short-term one. Correa hasn’t had any problems with his ankle since it was repaired. However, an 11-year contract brings the shortstop to age 40.
Either way, both parties seem committed to completing this contract. Correa reportedly jumped on Boras in a San Francisco hotel room when he found out the Mets offered him the lucrative deal. The Mets also covet Correa’s two-way ability as a skilled defender who brings gap-to-gap power at the plate.
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In his eight MLB seasons, Correa has a .279 batting average with 155 home runs and 553 RBIs. He won a World Series with Houston in 2017, though that title is tainted by the Astros’ cheating scandal.