We are now coming up on a full week since the initial news that the Mets and Correa agreed to a lucrative 12-year contract. With Correa’s medical concerns, though, nothing has been signed making the deal official.
One could argue as the days go by, the more concerning things get for the Mets. When in the end, Correa is a bat this Mets lineup direly needs.
How are things looking for the Mets and Carlos Correa?
Mike Puma, Mets beat reporter for the New York Post, had some new information on how things are at the moment for Correa and the Mets.
“There is optimism a deal can still be completed between Correa and the Mets, with one source on Monday placing the likelihood at 55 percent that the two sides find common ground. Among the possibilities is added contract language that would protect the Mets from financial responsibility if Correa’s pre-existing condition sidelined him for an extended stretch. … But the belief is Correa – whose strong preference is to play for the Mets – isn’t open to restructuring the length or financial terms of the contract. At least three teams have been in contact with Correa’s camp in recent days, but Correa remains committed for now to trying to finalize his deal with the Mets.”
A whole lot to unpack.
For starters, the good thing is that there is mutual hope. By all accounts, Correa seems to want to join the Mets. The suggested 55% chance the Mets land him, per that one source, while not great, can still give Mets fans some optimism that the two are motivated to make something work.
What Puma wrote about the added contract language does come as no surprise. The Mets would have to look out for themselves, especially over such a long-term contract, if Correa’s issue from his physical were to become a problem over time.
However, as Puma also made note of, Correa may not be so open to reworking something already agreed to verbally. It comes as no surprise that three other teams have made contact with him. From Correa’s perspective, though, it would then be the third team he would sign with in one offseason. Far from ideal.
Ultimately, while stress mounts for Mets fans, the encouraging point remains that Correa does still remain interested in playing for the Mets. While the timeline here remains a complete unknown, all one could hope for is that the Mets and Correa can navigate a way to work through this and sign a contract in the near future.