Carlos Correa He was the franchise’s next face of the Giants until he was no longer after a dispute over his medical results. He is now – somehow – the The MetsWho is now debatable, on paper, the best team in the National League, after agreeing 12-year contract of 315 million dollars With the star shortstop…pending physical.

Those last few words are the heart of this remarkable development. MLB In light of why the Giants’ record-breaking offseason deal with Correa — the largest contract ever made for a shortstop — fell apart, I thought it would be important to discuss how teams in general rely on medical reports. Free agent signing.

First, it is important to clarify the basic process of most signatures. When a team reaches an agreement with a free agent and agent, the parties first agree on the length and amount of the contract – years and dollars. You will then agree to any opt-out clauses, option years, incentives and award bonuses.

Next, they agree on the warranty language, which is a detailed legal document that includes all the terms and conditions. Both sides have input on what’s included, and for a free agent like Correa, the document could be 50 to 100 pages in the main. Every agreement is different, but every team and agent has language they want to include. For example, a team may say that a player is not allowed to ride a motorcycle or ride a motorcycle, etc.

In the consent framework above, a team always confirms that consent is pending physical and/or review of medical records. Teams are unwilling to agree to an open contract and later find out there are serious medical concerns for the player that should have been taken into account. There’s risk in any deal, but teams need to make informed decisions with as much information as possible or they could end up with millions of dollars stuck on their books, potentially crippling an organization for years.

During this process, if a team discovers a medical issue, it may decide to (1) continue the original contract, (2) move on from the player entirely, or (3) raise the issue with the player’s camp and negotiate. Better terms for a new deal. However, in the latter case, the team modifies the original contract, and the player is free to continue talks with other teams, which is what Correa did with the Mets in this case.


Mets owner Steve Cohen spent more than $800 million on free agents this offseason. (Jim McSack/Getty Images)

The stakes are high with any long-term contract, which brings us back to the matter of Korea and curiosity. GiantsA 13-year, $350 million deal, pending physicals.

The unusual thing here is that the Giants called a news conference on Tuesday, which would lead one to believe that Correa had passed his physical and was ready to introduce him as their franchise’s most important starting pitcher since signing Barry Bonds in 1992. It’s surprising that they canceled the press conference after that, because under no circumstances should a team have an appointment until the medical personnel have signed a contract in the first place. This was a huge mistake by the Giants front office. It’s embarrassing.

However, regardless of this mistake, if the Giants had medical concerns about Correa, it would have been much better to get out of the deal now and not commit to $350 million. No team wants a player who can live on the injured list. Giving Correa a 13-year contract that could carry him into his 40s would have been risky, but it only compounds the long-term risk if there are significant medical issues (and they’re not likely to be).

In my 16 years as a GM, I’ve had to make many tough medical decisions on free agents. The most prominent 30 years later was Ron Gantt, who signed a two-year contract with the president. red In June 1994 Good He had a motorcycle accident a few months ago. Team doctors said Gantt would not play in 1994 and probably would never play in the majors again, but after weighing the pros and cons, I signed Gantt to a $3.5 million contract in 1995.

Gantt did not play in 1994. He arrived in spring training in 1995 with a limp and missed the first 12 games of batting practice. At that time I think I have a stomach ache. However, my bet on Gantt ended with 29 home runs, 88 RBIs and 23 stolen bases that season. He made the All-Star team and finished 11th in NL MVP voting.

I’m not comparing Gantt’s signing to nine figures for Correa, but I mention it to highlight the medical issues that baseball officials must weigh with each player and each contract. In my GM career, I often followed the advice of the medical teams (and worked with some of the best in the business, including Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Timothy Kremczek). In this case, I didn’t. But make no mistake, if Gantt hadn’t been healthy enough to do the job in 1995, I could have lost my job with that decision.

With Correa, only time will tell if the Giants or Mets make the right call. Mets owner Steve Cohen jumped to work on Correa early Wednesday The latest big money finder. In a briefing Wednesday, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zadi cited a “difference of opinion on the results of (Correa’s) physical.” Scott Boras, Correa’s agent; He described his incident.

If health is going to slow down Correa’s career, the Giants made the right decision. But if he stars in New York for years and ends up in the Hall of Fame, they’ll regret it for decades. In the here and now, it’s the Giants’ offseason. danger. They have made some moves to help their team, but this season they have been defeated by their two superstars: First, they have Strong pressure b Aaron JudgeBut it disappeared when he signed again Yankees. Then this. They are miles behind. Fathers And The Dodgers.

Meanwhile, the Mets, assuming they complete the Correa deal, could enter the season as the top team in the NL, with the highest payroll and payroll taxes the sport has ever seen. It will be the NL East A three-team slugfest is an excellent matchWith the Braves, Mets and Phyllis All World Series contenders. The margins between them are so slim that fitness scores in December can end up swinging divisional races or even world championships.

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