Carlos Correa agrees to sign with Mets after Giants deal falls apart
In a wild twist overnight, Carlos Correa agreed to a $315-million, 12-year contract with the free-spending New York Mets after his pending deal with the San Francisco Giants came apart over an issue with his physical.
The agreement was confirmed to The Times by a person with knowledge of the deal but not authorized to speak about it because the deal has not been announced. The New York Post was first to report details of the deal.
“We need one more thing, and this is it,” Mets owner Steve Cohen told the New York Post from Hawaii. “This puts us over the top.”
Correa, an All-Star shortstop, would play third base for the Mets, with buddy Francisco Lindor remaining at shortstop.
“This really makes a big difference,” Cohen told the Post. “I felt like our pitching was in good shape. We needed one more hitter.”
Correa’s addition would increase the Mets’ luxury tax payroll next year to the $385-million range, putting them on track to pay a record tax of about $110 million — more than double the current high of $44 million set by the 2015 Dodgers. The estimates would change if Correa’s deal contains deferred money or New York trades players.
As if Carlos Correa’s ties to the Astros cheating scandal weren’t enough, signing with the Giants gave Dodgers fans another reason to loathe him.
The Giants postponed a news conference Tuesday to introduce Correa after a medical concern arose during his physical, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation.
Correa and the Giants agreed on Dec. 13 to a $350-million, 13-year deal, subject to his passing a physical exam, one of the people said. Correa has been placed on the injured list seven times during his eight-year career.
One person confirmed that Tuesday’s conference to welcome Correa was put on hold because the sides were awaiting the results of testing. A second person said a medical issue was flagged during Correa’s physical.
The media availability had been scheduled for 11 a.m. PST at Oracle Park, but it was called off about three hours before it was to take place. The Giants did not provide an explanation as to why.
The Mets were in talks with Correa and still pursuing him just before he agreed to sign with the Giants, the Post reported.
“We kind of picked up where we were before and it just worked out,” Cohen told the newspaper.
New York won 101 regular-season games last season, second-most in franchise history, and lost to San Diego in the wild-card playoff round.
Correa, the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year, has a .279 career batting average with 155 homers and 553 RBIs in eight big league seasons. He also has been a stellar postseason performer with 18 homers and 59 RBIs in 79 games.
Just about the only knock on Correa’s resume is durability. He has played at least 150 games in a season only once because of various injuries.
Justin Turner was never the Dodgers’ biggest star, but he was an L.A. hero who will be greatly missed for his on- and off-the-field contributions.
Correa was a free agent one year ago after leaving the Houston Astros, and he reached a $105.3-million deal with the Minnesota Twins. That agreement gave the two-time All-Star the right to opt out after one year and $35.1 million to hit the market again.
The 28-year-old Correa terminated his deal and went back on the free-agent market.
Correa hit .291 with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs in his one season with Minnesota.
He was selected by Houston with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft, and he played a key role in the Astros’ rise from the bottom of the AL West to the franchise’s first World Series title in 2017 against the Dodgers.
The Astros’ championship was tainted by a sign-stealing scandal, and Correa has been lustily booed in some cities since the scandal surfaced.
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