The Carlos Correa saga has dominated the MLB offseason news cycle. Entering the offseason as one of the big prized free agents, the 28-year-old star shortstop was seeking the massive long-term deal he was unable to find last summer.
First he agreed to terms on a 13-year, $350 million deal with the San Francisco Giants, but worries surrounding his long-term health caused them to back out of the deal following Correa's physical.
The New York Mets then quickly swooped in and agreed to a 12-year $315 million deal with Correa. But when the time for his physical came, those same concerns the Giants had arose for the Mets, and the two sides went back to the drawing board on a new contract. For roughly two weeks we didn't hear much, just knowing the Mets and Correa were trying to fix things.
Correa-Mets Deal Falls Through
On Tuesday, that all changed, and Carlos Correa had agreed to a 6-year $200 million deal with the Minnesota Twins, which has another four potential years added on to it that are incentive based. It's clear that's what the Mets were trying to do, but they couldn't get it right and Correa is heading back to Minnesota, for now.
Jon Heyman discussed how and why the Mets deal ultimately fell through despite both sides willing to renegotiate.
Ultimately, the Mets reportedly offered a similar deal, but the lawyers got in the way in terms of the language around how the back half or additional years of Correa's deal would work.
At the end of the day, Correa got a potential roughly $42 million more from the Twins than what is being reported with the Mets. It's a blow to a Mets team that had spent like madmen this year, but saw Correa as the one huge major upgrade that was in addition to replacing pieces lost from last year's squad.
Now the Mets will have to look toward the trade market or next off-season's free agent class (which could include Manny Machado) if they hope to upgrade at third base.
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