Well, the third time is a charm. Superstar shortstop Carlos Correa is reportedly signing The Twins after his megadeal z mets fell in. The contract, which is pending, is guaranteed for six years and $200 million, with vesting options for an additional four years and $70 million, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Correa, 28, initially signed a 13-year, $350 million contract with The giants last month during winter meetings, but San Francisco released Correa from his contract after team doctors became concerned about his surgically repaired right leg. New York stepped in and a few hours later agreed to sign him to a 12-year, $315 million contract. The same lower leg injury also caused the Mets to pull out of that deal, and both sides spent nearly three weeks trying to work out a new contract. They couldn’t do it, and now it seems Correa is moving back to Minnesota.
We asked some of our MLB writers to reflect on the latest development in the Correa saga. Here’s what they had to say.
Waiting for physical therapy is a lot of work here, but no team is more familiar with Correa’s current state of health than the Twins, his last employers. The process has been a ridiculous one, but if this is the final result, it seems like a good result for everyone: The Twins raved about Correa’s leadership last season, and Correa said he loves playing there. The biggest loser could be Mets owner Steve Cohen confirmed New York Post Office in the record that his team had agreed to terms with Correa; if Correa’s rep Scott Boras wants to file a complaint about the way the Mets have handled Correa’s physicality, he seems to have a case.
Somehow, the Giants are no longer the biggest losers in the Correa lotteries. That title belongs to the Mets who, despite having an infinite pool of funds, were unwilling to give the 28-year-old more guaranteed money than the smaller-market Twins over the first six years of the deal. According to Jon Heyman of New York Post Office, New York’s best new bid covered six years for $157.5 million, with a conditional option for another six years. That deal could have been a maximum of $315 million – the same total value New York had initially offered – but it would have required Correa to meet more conditions than he needs to meet with the Twins to enter, according to Heyman. All in all, Correa’s choice makes sense: in Minnesota, he gets $42.5 million more guaranteed and more likely to buy options.
“That puts us on top,” Steve Cohen told the Post of signing Correa as he took a premature victory lap. By that logic, the Mets are back below the top – all because of an injury that occurred when Correa was still a minor and hasn’t been an issue since. The Mets remain the most confusing franchise in the game.
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As former President George Bush once said: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, don’t be fooled again. It’s a lesson we all wisely would have learned after Correa’s deal with the Giants fell through and he came to terms with the Mets: Nothing is official until it’s official really clerk. So, while a Correa-Twins reunion would certainly make waves in the American League Central (and leave MLB’s most expensive team on the ice for a change), the prudent thing to do in this case would be to wait until all the “I’s” have been dotted and the T’s have been crossed out. At least this time we don’t have to imagine what Correa will look like in his new/old home jersey.