The New York Mets have already had an impressive offseason but it could have been even better.
After spending an impressive amount to upgrade the rotation and lock in a pair of their own free agents, the Mets were eyeing another significant addition to the lineup. According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, Mets owner Steve Cohen had reached out to Scott Boras, offering approximately $300 million for Carlos Correa.
New York Mets wanted another superstar in Carlos Correa
In this case, the timing was off. While Boras would have wanted the Mets to be involved in an attempt to raise Correa’s salary, he was already deep in talks with the Giants. Correa ultimately signed a 13 year deal worth $350 million to become the Giants’ cornerstone player for the foreseeable future.
The Mets would seem to be a strange suitor for Correa on the surface. Francisco Lindor is locked in as their starting shortstop and is not going anywhere. However, as Correa remained on the market, the Mets became intrigued with the idea of moving him to third, adding yet another impact bat to their lineup.
Adding Correa as their new third baseman would have had an interesting ripple effect. Eduardo Escobar is currently their starting third baseman, but would either shift to a utility role or have been placed on the trade block. Top prospect Brett Baty would have his path to the majors suddenly blocked, potentially making him trade fodder as well.
This report continues to show that Cohen will not stop in his quest to bring a title to the Mets. He has stated his determination to turn the franchise into a juggernaut, making them the financial powerhouse that they should be. To this point, he has done nothing to prove otherwise.
The New York Mets had made an offer for Carlos Correa late in his free agency. If they had been earlier, Correa could have been heading to Queens.