It appears the Giants aren’t alone in having enough questions about Carlos Correa’s health history to hit pause before finalizing a massive contract with the star shortstop.
We’ll just have to wait and see if the Mets ultimately follow through.
Correa’s recent physical exam for the Mets has “raised concerns”, according to a report Saturday morning from Ken Rosenthal and Dan Hayes of The Athletic.
According to the report, the Mets may have issues with Correa’s surgically repaired lower right leg. That would be the same issue that reportedly caused the Giants to back away from the $350 million, 13-year deal they had agreed to with Correa on Dec. 13. That set off a chain of events that included a hasty cancellation of Correa’s introductory news conference with the Giants on Tuesday morning and the door opening for the Mets to reach an agreement on a $315 million, 12-year deal with the former Houston Astros star.
It also opened the Giants up to massive criticism for failing to complete the deal in an offseason that already had seen them finish runner-up to Yankees star Aaron Judge.
Correa, 28, has played at least 136 games each of the past two seasons, and his most significant health issue since he arrived in the majors was back injuries that sidelined him for parts of the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
If it is the leg that again raised a red flag, that’s an injury he suffered while he was a Houston Astros prospect and playing at the High-A level in June 2014. He suffered a fractured right fibula when a spike was caught while sliding into third base, ending his season. He was in the majors less than a year later and won the AL Rookie of the Year award.
Correa took his physical for the Giants on Monday and underwent his physical with the Mets on Thursday, Boras said.
The Mets and Correa obviously could work things out — fewer years seems most likely — but now it’s another waiting game to see where the No. 2 target in this winter’s free agent market ultimately lands.
The New York Post’s Jon Heyman reported that the Mets and Steve Boras, Correa’s agent, are trying to work out an agreement.
Check back for more on this developing story.
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