In a nighttime stunner, the Mets draw star infielder Carlos Correa to a 12-year contract worth $315 million, per multiple reports.
Correa’s deal with the Mets is pending a physical.
The deal with the Mets comes after Correa recently agreed a 13-year deal with the Giants worth $350 million, but it fell through after Correa’s physical.
Correa and the Giants “had a disagreement over medical treatment,” according to Jon Heyman of The New York Post, and agent Scott Boras and Mets owner Steve Cohen worked out a deal.
Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle confirmed the turn of eventswho reported that the “Giants were signaling something in the physical and the doctors disagreed.”
“We need one more thing, and this is it,” Cohen told The Post. “This was important… This puts us above the top. This is a good team. I heap it’s a good team!”
Cohen added, “This really makes a big difference. I felt like our pitching was in good shape. We needed another batter. This puts us over the top.”
Correa, who only played shortstop during his big league-career, will play third base for the Mets, according to the Post, with star Francisco Lindor dug in at short stop.
The 28-year-old Correa hit .291/.366/.467 with 22 home runs and 24 doubles in 136 games for the Minnesota Twins in 2022, terminating his three-year contract after the season.
During his eight-year career with the Twins and Houston Astros, the two-time All-Star batted .279/.357/.479 with 155 home runs, 186 doubles, 553 RBI, 508 runs scored and an OPS+ of 129 .
Correa won a Gold Glove at shortstop in 2021 and was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2015.
Before Correa came to terms with the Giants, Cohen and the Mets made a late bid to land him. That effort fell short, but the Mets now have it (pending the aforementioned physical), placing a seemingly exclamation mark on a low season that was historic in terms of spending.
Before coming to terms with Correa, the Mets were looking for more power for their offense and were associated with Michael Comforto and others. But with Correa on the cusp of becoming a Met, the attack now seems largely settled.
What this means for the future of third base prospect Brett Baty is unclear. Baty played mostly third base in the minors, but started 11 games in left field in 2022 after starting there 18 games in 2021.
The Mets’ off-season also included a new signing Edwin Diaz to a five-year deal worth $102 million, signing right-handed pitcher Justin Verlander to a two-year deal worth $86.6 million with a third-year option, bringing the midfielder back Brandon Nimmo on an eight-year deal for $162 million, signing the star Japanese right-handed pitcher Koda Senga to a five-year deal for $75 million, adding a left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana on a two-year deal for $26 million, signing catcher Omar Narvaez to a two-year deal worth $15 million, inking right-handed reliever David Robertson to a one-year deal worth $10 million, re-signing the right-handed successor Adam Ottavino to a two-year deal for $14.5 million, and trade for left-handed reliever Brooks Raley.
If this latest deal closes, their estimated payroll for the 2023 season will be about $384 million, more than $90 million away from the top luxury tax threshold of $293 million.
“What the hell is the difference? If you make the move, make the move,” Cohen told The Post about accepting Correa and the Mets’ total spending this offseason.