Multiple reports Tuesday afternoon say the Mets will not sign Carlos Correa after all. Instead, he is staying in Minnesota on a six-year, $200 million contract. Of course, this is pending a physical, and we all know by now that that is not a slam dunk.
To recap, the Giants and Correa agreed to a 13-year, $350 million contract, only to see San Francisco pull out over concerns for Correa’s surgically repaired ankle. The Mets swooped in and the two sides quickly hammered out a 12-year, $315 million deal. But the Mets physical turned up the same concerns.
After three weeks of trying to make it work in Flushing, Correa has apparently pivoted to the Twins. The contract could eventually be worth $70 million more and lock Correa up for four more years if he can stay healthy.
We have no idea if the Mets were asked to match the Twins reduced offer. But if they did and they refused, they must obviously feel this ankle thing is a short term risk as well as it possibly being a problem towards the end of the deal. After all, if the Mets really thought Correa was the missing link that would bring them a championship this season, I think they would have taken the risk. But I suspect both the Mets and Giants think this will be a problem right away.
So end result — the Mets still need another big bat if they hope to hoist that World Series trophy come November.