Correa’s deal with the Mets, first reported by Jon Heyman of The New York Post, is pending a physical.
Andy Martino from SNY reported that the Mets reached an arrangement with Correa at midnight, Wednesday morning. Steve Cohen Billy Eppler Working late into the evening.
Correa had previously agreed to a 13 year deal worth $350M with the Giants, but it fell through after Correa got his physical.
Correa and Giants “had differences of opinion regarding the medical,” per The PostAgent, et al Scott Boras and the Mets worked out a deal.
Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle confirmed the turn of events, reporting that the Giants flagged something about the physical. Doctors disagreed.
Cohen stated to The Post that “we need one more thing” and that this is it. “This was important … This puts us over the top. This is a strong team. I Hoffnung it’s a good team!”
Cohen added: “This really makes a big difference. I felt that our pitching was in excellent shape. We needed another hitter. This is what puts us above the rest.”
Correa, who has played only shortstop during his big league career, will play third base for the Mets, according to the Post, with star Francisco Lindor Shortstop is a firm favorite.
Correa, 28 years old, hit.291/.366/.467 in 136 games with the Minnesota Twins in 2022. He opted out of his three year contract in the end and hit.291/.366/.467.
During his eight-year career with the Twins and Houston Astros, the two-time All-Star has slashed .279/.357/.479 with 155 home runs, 186 doubles, 553 RBI, 508 runs scored, and an OPS+ of 129.
Correa was named the American League Rookie-of-the Year in 2015 and won a Gold Glove as a shortstop in 2021.
Cohen and the Mets tried to acquire Correa before Correa agreed to terms with the Giants. The Mets have him now, pending the physical. This is an apparent highlight of an offseason that was historic in terms spending.
Before Correa was signed, the Mets were looking for more offense and had been linked with Michael Conforto Others. With Correa set to become a Met, it seems that the offense is well-set.
What does this mean for the future prospect of third base? Brett Baty is unclear. Baty played primarily at third base in the minors. However, he started 11 games in left-field in 2022, after having previously started 18 games there in 2021.
The Mets’ offseason has also included re-signing closer Edwin Diaz A five-year agreement worth $102 Million was signed by right-handed pitchers. Justin Verlander A two-year $86.6 million deal that includes a third-year option and brings back the center fielder was agreed to. Brandon Nimmo For $162 Million, a deal was signed for eight years by a right-handed Japanese pitcher. Kodai Senga To a five-year agreement for $75 million, adding left handed pitchers Jose Quintana On a two-year deal worth $26 million, signing catcher Omar Narvaez to a two-year deal worth $15 million, inking right-handed reliever David Robertson Re-signing right-handed reliever to a $10 million one-year contract Adam Ottavino A two-year contract for $14.5 million and trading for left-handed reliefr Brooks Raley.
If this latest deal is finalized, their estimated payroll for the 2023 season will be roughly $384 million, more than $90 million clear of the top luxury tax threshold of $293 million.
“What the heck’s the difference? If you’re going to make the move make the move,” Cohen told The Post about coming to terms with Correa and the Mets’ overall spending this offseason.