In a shocking turn of events and the biggest surprise of a turbulent MLB offseason is when 28-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa spurning the San Francisco Giants for the New York Mets in an ultimate fiasco for the ages. The Mets signed Correa to a 12-year, $315 million deal just a week after coming to an agreement with the Giants on a 13-year, $350 million contract. So how and why did this happen?
The contract with the Giants fell through with the former two-time All-Star Correa after the team expressed concerns during the physical examination period which prompted Correa to reopen his free agency to ultimately join the Mets who have had substantial offseason additions in addition to Correa such as signing three-time Cy Young winner Justin Verlander as well.
The details of the Giants’ concerns with Correa’s physical are uncertain, but with a deal as lucrative as Correa’s teams are going to be very cautious about a player's physical.
Has anything like this ever happened before in the MLB?
There have been instances such as when Grant Balfour, a veteran reliever, a decade ago signed a two-year, $15 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles back in 2013. He eventually spurned the Orioles and wound up with Tampa Bay for less money at two years and $12 million.
Altogether, there has never been something of this magnitude regarding the length and money of a contract of a player of Correa’s level spurning a team.
The Mets have had a successful offseason, to say the least, from signing Correa and Verlander to signing pitcher Edwin Diaz to a five-year, $102 million deal, and outfielder Brandon Nimmo to an eight-year, $162 million deal. The organization has spent a mind-boggling $806.1 million to free agents, a Major League record, in addition to other deals.
The Mets are coming off a 101-61 season and look to try to make a run at the World Series. With all the new additions to their team, can they make it happen? It’ll be interesting to see how these new pieces mesh together come spring.