Correa, whose contract with the Mets has been stalled due to physical concerns, previously had a 13-year, $350 million deal with SF Giants that fell through due to similar concerns.
The Giants’ president discusses renegotiating Correa’s contract
Farhan Zaidi, the Giants’ president of baseball operations, addressed reporters on Friday, explaining why a reunion with Correa appears ‘pretty unlikely’ as the two-time All-Star appears to be trying to work things out with New York.
Zaidi confirmed that the Giants and Correa’s camp disagreed on the shortstop’s physical. He did emphasize that this was not an ‘eleventh hour’ decision.
“I was on the phone with Scott Boras on the Monday that we did Carlos’ physical right when his plane landed in San Francisco at 5 p.m. and those conversations continued from that point,” Zaidi said. “As soon as we had information we shared it.”
In terms of a possible reunion, he added: “we’ve had some conversations since then, but our understanding is they’re focused on a deal elsewhere at this point. I think the chances of a deal with us at this point are pretty unlikely based on their position.”
Both the Mets and the Giants have been hesitant because Correa underwent arthroscopic surgery in June 2014 to repair a fractured right fibula and minor ligament damage he suffered in the minor leagues as a 19-year-old.
Though Correa has never been placed on the IL due to a right-leg injury, he did mention the hardware in his leg after a game late last season.
He appeared to injure that leg on a hard slide against the Royals on September 20. He stated after the game: “he just hit my plate” and that it “just kind of felt numb.”
Correa would be the cherry on top of a fantastic offseason in New York. If the two sides can agree on a new contract, he could be the middle-of-the-order piece that propels this team to the top.
Following the initial agreement, owner Steve Cohen told the New York Post, “We needed one more thing, and this is it.”
Correa is coming off a season in which he hit.291 with a.366 OBP and.834 OPS in 136 games. He had 24 doubles, 22 home runs, and 66 RBI while playing excellent shortstop.
The 28-year-old superstar is said to be eager to play third base alongside good friend and fellow Puerto Rican Francisco Lindor.