Carlos CorreaMy physical with the Mets “raised concerns,” according to a report from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Dan Hayes. According to the report, concern is centered on Correa’s surgically repaired lower right leg. Correa agreed to a 12-year, $315 million deal with the Mets just days after a 13-year, $350 million deal with the Giants fell through due to material concerns.
While it’s upsetting to hear in light of the events of the past week, it’s not yet clear what this means for the status of the deal. John Heyman from the New York Post Reports indicate that both parties are currently trying to work out the issue.
Mets owner Steve Cohen has already talked about the deal, and told Heyman earlier this week about it “We needed one more thing, and this is it.” This is particularly important as, according to The Athletic’s report, the deal’s record handling could make it difficult to back out of the agreement, though there is no indication that’s what the Mets are looking to do.
It’s been an amazing turn of events for KFC over the past week. Reported agreements awaiting physical action have generally gone official without a hitch, but the Korea Agreement has now hit a snag on two separate occasions in the space of a week. Moreover, he is one of the best free agents this winter and has agreed deals worth more than $300 million. Correa agreed to a long-term contract with the Giants on December 13, but that expired Monday after the Giants asked for more time to look into medicine after finding something that made them stop. However, agent Scott Boras quickly pivoted and went to the Mets, who quickly agreed to their long-term deal for $35 million less than the Giants’ original agreement.
Boras sought to re-engage with the Twins after the Giants deal fell through. According to The Athletic’s report, they offered him a ten-year, $285 million deal, but would have placed more emphasis on a physical deal ahead of that deal than on the one he signed with Minnesota earlier in 2022, given the long-term nature of the deal. suggestion. The report also adds that now that Correa became available again, the Twins weren’t ready to change their initial bid, and were willing to investigate issues raised in player physicals with the Giants.
The Giants were quiet about this matter. HIPAA laws prohibit them from disclosing clear answers about the exact nature of the injury, but Baseball Chief of Operations Farhan Zaidi provided a statement: “While we are prohibited from disclosing confidential medical information, as Scott Boras has stated publicly, there was a difference of opinion about the results of Carlos’ physical examination. We wish Carlos the best.”
Corea’s camp denied there was any cause for concern. Before embarking on his physical with the Mets, Boras said, “RhThere is nothing with him at the moment that is any kind of medical problem,” Through Anthony DiComo from MLB.com. He also added that the Giants were trying to use A.J “crystal ball” To try to predict Korea’s long-term health (trans Laura Albanese from Newsday).
Various reports said that Corea’s right leg was a concern for both the Giants and Mets. In 2014, a Korean teenager fractured his right fibula and suffered minor ligament damage while playing at High-A in the Astros organization. This injury requires arthroscopic surgery to repair. Correa wasted time with thumb, back and rib problems in the big leagues, but the right man never sent him to the injured list in his eight major league seasons.
It is worth noting that just a few years ago, the Mets pulled out of a player deal. In 2021, they are recruiting Kumar Rukr tenth overall and agreed to a $6 million signing bonus, before abandoning the deal after growing concerned about something they saw in the physical. Of course, backing out of a $6 million draft pick deal and a $315 million all-star contract are two different things, and Cohen’s comments certainly give confidence that the deal can still be completed in some form.
It’s the latest development in what was a turbulent time for Korea’s open market. He was the biggest free agent after leaving the Astros last year, but after the long-term deal he sought didn’t justify he landed a three-year, opt-out, $105.1 million deal with the Twins. After earning $35.1 million last season and putting up another strong season, he dropped out and entered the open market for the second straight winter. The mega long-term deal he had been seeking finally seemed to bear fruit when it was reported that the Giants had agreed to a 13-year, $350 million agreement. This deal fell through, but Correa was able to quickly secure a $300 million+ deal with the Mets. While there is every chance of a deal being done with New York, there is at least some skepticism hanging over it for now.
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