Carlos Correa signing: Mets ‘frustrated’ with negotiations, Scott Boras talks to Twins again, per reports
The New York Mets have company in the offer of Carlos Correa. Steve Cohen and his front office continued to negotiate a revised contract Thursday, more than two weeks after initially reaching an agreement on a 12-year deal worth $315 million, according to Jon Heyman and Greg Joyce of the New York Post , but Correa’s agent, Scott Boras, “renewed contact with at least one or two other interested teams” — identified as the St. Louis Twins.
On Friday, SNY’s Andy Martino reported that the Mets are “growing frustrated” with negotiations and are considering walking away from the deal entirely, but cautioned that the same source believes the deal will still go ahead. If not, Boras and Correa could file a complaint given Cohen’s public comments about the deal.
“We needed one more thing, and this is it,” Cohen told the New York Post last month. “That really makes a big difference. I feel like our pitching was in good shape. We needed one more hitter. That puts us over the top.”
Correa’s deal with the Mets has been in limbo since New York raised concerns after a physical hit. Those concerns are believed to be related to his right leg. Correa suffered a significant injury to that limb when he was a minor leaguer in the Houston Astros system. He hasn’t been placed on the disabled list because of his right leg since, but the Mets aren’t the only ones who fear that particular injury.
Keep in mind, Correa had reached a similar deal with the San Francisco Giants earlier this winter. The Giants also expressed concern about Correa’s lower right leg, prompting Boras to reopen negotiations with the Mets, who had already made a last-minute offer for him. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal speculated on his podcast about how Correa’s deal could be modified, saying the following, according to a transcript obtained by NBC Sports Bay Area.
“The way to do it in a situation like this is to put something in the contract called an ‘exclusion clause’ that basically says if a player spends X number of days on the injured list with this specific injury, that specific injury. part of his leg, then you can cancel the next few years or you can lower the guarantee, there’s all kinds of ways to do that,” Rosenthal said. “Now obviously if you’re Correa and Boras, you don’t want that kind of language because it lowers the value of the contract and creates this uncertainty. It’s clearly not the same.”
Correa, who is expected to move to third base short of Francisco Lindor if the Mets deal goes through, entered the offseason ranked by CBS Sports as the third-best free agent available, behind only Aaron Judge and Jacob deGrom .