Here we go again – maybe.
The New York Mets had swooped in to snag Carlos Correa after the Giants had questions about his medicals. For New York, it was the ultimate coup, another impressive bat that they could slot in the lineup as Correa was set to handle the hot corner. Then the Mets had questions about his medicals as well, putting that deal on hold.
Carlos Correa, New York Mets remain in holding pattern
And that is where everything remains for now. According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, nothing has changed to this point. However, both sides are still optimistic that a deal can come together.
If not, this is essentially a nightmare scenario for Correa. He will officially be damaged goods, the questions about his ankle and the results of the MRIs with the Giants and Mets so bad that neither team would be willing to take that chance. Yes, Scott Boras can point to the ‘functionality’ of the joint, as Heyman noted, but just because it is working now does not mean that is always going to be the case.
This is what the Mets need to protect themselves against. Their 12 year deal worth $315 million still marks a significant investment, one that they will need to have assurances with. Chances are, the two sides will agree to language protecting the Mets should something happen with Correa’s ankle, but until that happens, he will remain in limbo.
The last thing that Boras needs is for Correa’s situation to drag out and end up with the star shortstop back on the market. His credibility has taken a hit in recent years due to Michael Conforto and Kumar Rocker’s injury situations. Having a second deal in as many weeks fall apart for Correa due to medical issues would not be a great look. As of now, there is no indication that will happen, but stranger things have already happened with Correa’s latest journey through free agency.
Carlos Correa and the New York Mets are in a holding pattern. At this point, it is anyone’s guess as to whether or not this deal actually happens.