MLB Rumors: Carlos Correa Renewed Talks with Mystery Team amid Mets Negotiations

Erin WalshJanuary 6, 2023

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 05: Carlos Correa #4 of the Minnesota Twins looks on against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on October 05, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Carlos Correa and the New York Mets have yet to finalize a contract following concerns with his physical, and now the star shortstop's camp is opening conversations back up with other teams.

Correa's camp, led by agent Scott Boras, "renewed contact with at least another interested team or two beyond the Mets on Thursday," according to Jon Heyman and Greg Joyce of the New York Post.

The Minnesota Twins "were one of the teams in some contact with Boras," Heyman and Joyce added. Correa spent the 2022 campaign with the Twins, and the club reportedly offered him a 10-year, $285 million deal.

It's unclear how serious discussions got with other teams, but someone within the Mets organization told Heyman and Joyce that they believe the club and Correa will strike a deal.

"Ultimately, I don't think [Steve Cohen] is going to let him go," the source said.

Heyman and Joyce also reported Thursday that there is belief a deal between Correa and the Mets "likely" will get done and that there's a possibility it could be completed this week. Additionally, SNY's Andy Martino reported a "resolution could come sooner than later."

Correa and the Mets initially agreed to a 12-year, $315 million deal after his 13-year, $350 million agreement with the San Francisco Giants fell through after the shortstop failed his physical.

The Giants and Mets have both expressed concern about Correa's right leg. He underwent surgery to repair a fractured right fibula and ligament damage while he was in the minor leagues in 2014.

While Correa has not missed any time with a right leg ailment at the MLB level, the Giants were worried about the "long-term stability" of his leg and the possibility for his mobility to deteriorate over the length of his contract, per ESPN's Jeff Passan. The Mets likely expressed similar concern.

The initial terms of Correa's deal with the Mets are unlikely to be altered, according to Heyman and Joyce, though the franchise could be looking to protect themselves with "important language additions and/or alterations" in case Correa suffers a serious injury to his surgically repaired right leg.

If the Mets and Correa can agree to terms, the veteran shortstop would likely shift to third base. Francisco Lindor, who agreed to a 10-year, $341 million extension with the Mets in 2021, is the team's starting shortstop.

The 28-year-old would be a tremendous addition to the New York lineup, having won a Gold Glove, Platinum Glove and a World Series title. Additionally, he was named AL Rookie of the Year in 2015 and has earned two All-Star Game selections.

Correa has been mostly durable over his eight-year career. He only missed a significant amount of time during the 2019 season when he suffered a cracked rib and was limited to 75 games.

While locking up Correa would be the icing on the cake for New York this winter, the Mets have had a stellar offseason regardless, signing Justin Verlander, Kodai Senga and José Quintana, among others, and extending Brandon Nimmo and Edwin Díaz.