For all their splashy acquisitions and major spending this offseason, the New York Mets and their fans are still bitter about the one who got away. The team had a deal in place with All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa, only to watch it fall through and have him end up back with the Minnesota Twins instead.
While the near-miss with Correa certainly hurts, at least there's a silver lining for the Mets to help ease their pain.
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According to ESPN's Buster Olney, New York was preparing to trade Eduardo Escobar if the team signed Correa. Correa was ticketed for third base with Francisco Lindor already entrenched at shortstop, which would've left no room for Escobar.
While Escobar isn't the elite player that Correa is, he's still a solid player who was a key part of the Mets' resurgence last year. The former All-Star contributed 20 home runs, 69 RBIs and a .726 OPS to New York's lineup in 136 games and has some rebound potential for 2023 after getting acclimated to the Big Apple.
Escobar is also more durable and cheaper than Correa and has proven he can perform in the pressure cooker of NYC. Given Correa's concerning medicals that squashed his deals with the Mets and the San Francisco Giants, perhaps New York will be better off in the long run without him, especially if his body starts breaking down.
The Mets have more than enough talent without Correa, who was a luxury they really didn't need after their offseason spending spree. New York is currently tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the third-best World Series odds (+750) on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.
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