It’s been a suspiciously quiet week on the Carlos Correa front with little new information to report since his Mets physical, which uncovered many of the same health concerns cited in the Giants’ own medical evaluation days earlier, ultimately nixing what was reported to be a 13-year, $350-million contract. Correa apparently has no plans to restructure his deal with the Mets, though, as Jon Heyman detailed in Thursday’s column for the New York Post, both sides remain cautiously optimistic.
With the Mets and Correa at a standstill, agent Scott Boras has recently fielded calls from other teams including the Giants, though according to President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi, the shortstop appears to have moved on, focusing his attention “elsewhere” despite their continued interest.
It’s surprising Zaidi would circle back to Correa after already getting cold feet (the two-time All-Star was at a nearby hotel with his family when the Giants called off his introductory press conference), though, as Boras has made abundantly clear, any hope of a reconciliation is little more than a pipe dream.
Correa’s injury history dates back to his early Astros tenure in 2014 (a year before he debuted in the major leagues), requiring the insertion of a metal “plate” in his right leg. Though it’s had a minimal impact on his career to this point, a setback in September, complaining of numbness after a hard slide into second base, brought renewed skepticism with many doubting his long-term durability, particularly over the course of what amounts to a lifetime contract. In retrospect, it’s clear the Twins had similar concerns, hence why they only offered him a three-year contract last winter, which Correa opted out of after one season.
The 28-year-old remains an underrated defensive shortstop and one of the most prolific playoff performers of his era with 18 postseason home runs (seventh all-time), though it’s hard to say what the future holds for him, a dilemma further complicated by his overbearing agent refusing to give an inch in negotiations.