What a shocking turn of events. Carlos Correa, who has been so heavily linked to the Dodgers in both good and bad ways, will no longer be signing with the Giants due to issues found in his physical. Instead, he’s now signing with the Mets.
Correa still earns a massive $315 million over 12 years despite it being a slight downgrade from his original $350 million deal. An opportunity the Mets immediately pounced on with little hesitancy.
Scott Boras tells me that after the Giants cancelled their press conference yesterday, they indicated they still wanted to negotiate about Correa. But he didn’t hear anything more from them. Twelve hours later, the Mets deal got worked out.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) December 21, 2022
The news that struck right around midnight sent the baseball world into a frenzy after the Giants once again lost out on a star free agent. It’s clear the NL West rivals are looking to make improvements, but what is next in store for them as such a fallout?
THE CORREA DEAL FELL APART!!!
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) December 21, 2022
As with any player who was so heavily coveted, Dodgers fans held their breath for a brief moment knowing that Correa was not a part of the introduction press conference. Instead of landing with the Dodgers, he chooses the Mets.
The Mets have completely stacked their roster despite losing long time ace Jacob deGrom. Mets owner Steven Cohen has added Correa, pitchers Justin Verlander (also a Dodger target), Kodai Senga, and Jose Quintana, as well as brought back outfielder Brandon Nimmo and closer Edwin Diaz.
New York has built a powerhouse which makes it tougher on the Dodgers who see serious contenders being formed. But some fans are just happy Correa isn’t a Dodger after all.
Same way I felt about the Giants getting him. Just glad the @Dodgers didn’t.
— J (@jtoneg92324) December 21, 2022
Others were looking forward to seeing Correa player for the Giants. His contract potentially could’ve crippled the franchise, but most importantly fans would have been given many opportunities to see their sworn enemy.
Perhaps fans were also anticipating an even bigger surprise with Correa? Two failed physicals seems unheard of but crazier things have happened.
Hot take: this was Friedman’s plan all along- wait for Correa to sign a long term deal with another team only to fail the physical. In the next few days the deal with the Mets is gonna fall through and Correa is gonna sign a 2 year deal with the Dodgers
— Bobby Hekel (@bobby_hekel) December 21, 2022
For now, the Correa to the Dodgers rumors can be put to rest and fans won’t have to worry about success for divisional rivals. Instead, Correa ends up on an already stacked team leaving fans wondering how the Mets have been able to pay for so many players while the Dodgers have remained complacent in their spending.
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