Carlos Correa’s free-agency saga isn’t over just yet.
In the days since the New York Mets reportedly expressed concern about the results of Correa’s physical, at least three teams have contacted the superstar’s camp in case his deal with New York falls through, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
The teams that reached out to Correa are unknown, and it’s unclear how serious any talks that may have occurred were.
Correa maintains his first choice is to find common ground and finalize the contract with New York, according to Puma. However, it’s believed that he’s unwilling to alter both the length and dollars (12 years, $315 million) the sides previously agreed to.
Although Correa and the Mets have agreed to terms, the deal is not considered official until he passes his physical. The other 29 teams can technically continue talking to him for as long as the Mets agreement is in limbo without it being considered tampering.
Mets owner Steve Cohen shocked the baseball world when he swooped in to sign Correa hours after the San Francisco Giants scuttled their agreement with him over physical issues. Both the Mets and Giants’ concerns revolve around his right leg and ankle, which he had surgically repaired following a serious injury as a minor leaguer in 2014.
Correa’s missed significant time during his eight-year big-league career due to back and rib injuries, but he’s never landed on the injured list due to a leg problem. His agent Scott Boras has insisted “there is no current issue” with Correa’s health.
If he completes his deal with the Mets, the 28-year-old will shift to third base – a position he’s never played in the majors. Correa has only played shortstop during his career with the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins.
If the deal were to fall through, Eduardo Escobar would likely at least start 2023 as the Mets’ third baseman. Top prospect Brett Baty is also a possibility at the hot corner.
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