Days after the Giants backed out of a deal with Carlos Correa over injury concerns, the Mets are showing similar reluctance, suddenly putting his 12-year, $315-million pact in jeopardy.
According to Ken Rosenthal and Dan Hayes of The Athletic, the Mets, just as the Giants did days earlier, encountered trouble with his medical examination, flagging his physical after identifying an issue with his surgically-repaired leg. The All-Star shortstop broke his right tibia early in his minor-league career and it may not have healed properly, with some in the Mets’ organization worried about his “long-term stability.”
The Mets are now left to decide whether to amend their contract with Correa, potentially writing in language that would protect them in the event of future injuries (Rosenthal suspects agent Scott Boras would do everything in his power to prevent that), or scrap the deal altogether. The Giants were widely mocked for abandoning their deal with Correa, though this latest development would seemingly vindicate them, with the Mets’ medical staff confirming what San Francisco saw in its own evaluation.
Though his surgery occurred almost nine years ago, Correa mentioned it again to reporters after injuring his leg on a hard slide in September. The 28-year-old experienced some numbness and a “vibrating” sensation where his leg was operated on, but was able to play the rest of the season without issue.
A native of Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, the former first overall pick was expected to play third base for the Mets, with two-time Gold Glove recipient Francisco Lindor occupying his usual position at shortstop.