In a shocking situation, Carlos Correa He agreed to join the Mets on a 12-year, $315 million contract. John Heyman of the New York Post Reports. Correa previously agreed to a 13-year, $350MM deal with the Giants. Reports An undisclosed issue with Correa’s medical yesterday caused the Giants’ induction press conference to be briefly postponed. The 28-year-old Correa is represented by the Boras Corporation, and his deal with the Mets will be announced after he passes his physical.

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle Tweets“,Giants pointed out something [Correa’s] The physical and the doctors did not agree.” Slusser reported yesterday that Correa’s back is not the issue, although back pain has landed the former star on the injured list more often than not in his career.

Regardless of the Giants’ physical issue with Correa, the problem wasn’t enough to keep the Mets from adding another high-priced star to their already loaded roster (and payroll). Mets owner Steve Cohen said. last week The team reportedly made a late bid of around $300mm to land Correa, but that offer was rejected by agent Scott Boras as talks with the giant advanced.

As it turns out, that late attempt from Cohen appears to be just what Boras needed to quickly secure another mega deal for his client after his deal with San Francisco fell through. As Cohen told Hyman, “We picked up where we were before and it worked really well” In four or five hours more negotiations.

Correa’s new contract with New York is less than a year old and worth an average annual value ($26.25MM with the Mets compared to $26.92MM with the Giants). It is also now the 10th largest contract in baseball history in terms of total value, and the $350MM deal with San Francisco is the fourth largest in history.

Still, the deal is bigger than MLBTRs Prediction Nine-year, $288MM deal for Correa. Just like the original Giants contract structure and other signed agreements Xander Bogaerts And Treya Turner This summer alone, the longer extension allows the team to spread the luxury tax conflict over several years, while the player still gets the money as well as more security. The Mets themselves used a version of this strategy to re-sign Brandon Nimmo An eight-year, $162MM contract, as Nemo’s tax figure is $20.25MM. Correa now joins Nimmo and Francisco Linder The Mets have players signed through the 2029 season, though the Mets’ spending this summer varies widely.

The Mets’ spending spree numbers continue to trend. Amazon’s payout now rises above the $377MM mark for 2023, with Korea’s contract estimated to pay $26.25MM each year of the deal, surpassing the fourth and highest tier ($293MM) of competing balance tax penalties, with New York paying a 90% tax on every dollar raised above the $293MM threshold. it is. That added approximately $23.62MM to the Mets’ tax bill, bringing their luxury tax figure to over $386MM.

Tie, Nemo, Justin Verlander, Edwin Diaz, Kodai Senga, Jose Quintana, David Robertson, Adam PiccoloAnd Omar Narvaz Cohen represents a list of free agents signed and signed by New York this offseason alone, to say nothing of the big splash they’ve made since he bought the team two years ago. Needless to say, Cohen set new standards for spending, as the owner immediately made no complaints about his desire to make the Mets as competitive as possible. The result was 101-win in 2022, but the Amazons did not make it past the first round of the expanded playoffs, losing to the Padres in three games in the wild card series.

Correa’s signatureIt really makes a big difference” said Cohen. “I felt our game was in good shape. We need one more killer. This puts us beyond our control.He said.

Of course, much of the Mets’ focus has been on revamping a rotation and bullpen full of free agents. When Diaz and Ottavino were re-signed, many holes had to be filled Jacob said., Chris Bassitt, Tyjun Walker, Seth Lugo, Joel Rodriguez, Trevor Williams, Trevor MayAnd Michael Givens All signed elsewhere. Nimmo was the biggest pending free agent on the position player side, and Narvaez should help bolster the catching corps, but Cohen and GM Billy Eppler haven’t gone as far as curbing aggression.

To that end, one of the best shortstops in baseball Correa will no longer be a shortstop as Correa will now move to third base in deference to Lindor. Correa won a Platinum Glove, Gold Glove and Fielding Bible Award in his short career in 2021, and his career experience at third base includes one game with the Astros’ Double-A affiliate in 2015. A good fielder in his own right, and with above-average outs and UZR/150 population metrics over the course of his career, he prefers the glove work at shortstop. There is little doubt that Correa should be able to translate well to the hot corner, thus improving the Mets’ defense and the impact he brings to the lineup.

With Correa now a new third baseman, Edward Escobar He suddenly left his first job. It wasn’t even 13 months ago that Escobar, one of New York’s biggest signings for the 2021-22 season, signed a two-year, $20MM contract. Escobar was decent if not spectacular, hitting .240/.295/.430 with 20 homers for a 106 wRC+ over 542 plate appearances in his first year in Queens.

But “decent if not great” wasn’t good enough for a team he thought would win, and so Escobar can now join. Louis Guillorme As infield depth. Whether the Mets could trade Escobar (and the remaining $10MM on the deal) to a team in need of a reliable veteran infield, or New York could simply retain Escobar as a backup option in case of injury. Correa or starting second baseman Jeff McNeil.

Looking down the depth chart, high expectations Brett Batt So is the third baseman. Mark the wind (Seventh-best minor league in New York’s farm system, according to MLB Pipeline). While Batey has gotten some time in the outfield and is now considered a possible replacement for Canha in left field, Vientos is likely to be selected from third base anyway, and first base may be his last position in the outfield. While Correa is now locked in at the hot corner, however, it seems increasingly likely that the Mets could acquire one of those upgrades.

Today’s news marks the latest twist in a career fraught with controversy since his involvement with the 2017 Astros team ended in a sign-stealing scandal. Correa’s tenure in Houston ended last summer when he signed a three-year, $105.3 million contract with the Twins, though the shorter-than-expected contract was intended to speed his return to free agency. Correa had opt-out clauses after the 2022 and 2023 campaigns and used his first opt-out to re-enter the market during a lockout-uninterrupted season.

Correa hit .291/.366/.467 with 22 homers over 590 plate appearances in his lone season in Minnesota, with a 140 wRC+ that ranks third-highest over eight MLB seasons. Coming off a solid breakout year and still below most free agents entering the open market, Correa was hoping to finally land the expensive long-term deal he wanted early last year.

The result was two Expensive, long-term contracts, the Mets are stepping in to lure Correa away from the Giants. Given the dramatic nature of the past 24 hours, it would be wise not to assume that Correa’s commitment to the Mets has been fulfilled. Yesterday’s late reports raised red flags about the status of Correa’s deal with San Francisco, but with no concrete news, there was still no reason to believe Correa wouldn’t eventually make it to the Bay Area. .

Instead, the Giants’ winter plans have now seen a fall out of reach. The Giants in 2011 After a 107-win season in 2021, they slumped to an 81-81 record, leaving president of baseball operations Farhan Zadi to look for a big buyout. San Francisco has plenty of cap space and plenty of needs to accommodate at least one new star, and the Giants are no doubt lining up to make Zide the first true blockbuster signing of his four-year tenure.

Aaron Judge Heading into the postseason and the Giants’ priority was clear. It is reported The AL MVP offered Judge close to $360MM before taking the same salary in a nine-year deal to re-sign with the Yankees. With Judge off the board, San Francisco turned to the shortstop market, with Correa emerging as their top target (either Turner, Bogarts or earlier). Dansby Swanson). The $350MM deal represents the largest contract in franchise history, and was a good response to any debate about whether or not the Giants’ front office was willing or able to acquire top-tier free agents.

It’s not fair that the Giants are back on the court because they signed him. Mitch Haniger, Ross StriplingAnd Sean Manaea In free agency and Jock Pederson Retained through qualifying offer. But, Carlos Rodon He left the team to sign with the Yankees, removing another star from the 2022 roster. The league’s rush to free-agent signings has left the market empty for most big names, so Zadie and company must now explore the trade market (and possibly make some tough decisions on trading top prospects). Another big ticket star….if even one is a must.

Hypothetically, the Giants could try to use their salary cap space differently, perhaps offering a contract to both a star player and an undesirable contract to a team looking to cut costs. With opening day more than three months away, the Giants have plenty of time to make a move, but it’s hard to imagine them adding anywhere near Correa’s level.

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