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Carlos Correa, Giants Had 'Conversations' After Failed Mets Contract, Says Zaidi

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 12, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 26: President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi of the San Francisco Giants talks on the phone before the postponement of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on August 26, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Several sporting leagues across the nation today are postponing their schedules as players protest the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha, Wisconsin police. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco Giants reopened a line of dialogue with Carlos Correa after his agreement with the New York Mets stalled, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi told reporters Thursday.

Zaidi didn't provide specifics of what the conversations entailed and indicated there was never any tangible momentum toward another deal with the star shortstop:

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Farhan Zaidi says Giants did "have a couple conversations" with Carlos Correa's camp when things fell through with Mets but Correa's focus seemed elsewhere. "I'm happy for Carlos, he's one of the great players in the game. … This whole (public) situation was really unfortunate."

San Francisco agreed to a 13-year $350 million contract with Correa, only for the deal to fall apart at the last minute because of an issue with his physical.

Whether it reflected a level of hesitancy on ownership's part to pay out a contract that large or Correa's desire to play elsewhere, it was considered a massive setback for the organization.

That the exact same situation played out with the New York Mets—an organization that has spared no expense under owner Steven Cohen—lessened the scrutiny toward the Giants a bit. Correa and the Mets came to an agreement on a 12-year, $315 million pact, but his physical once again presented a roadblock.

Correa was finally introduced as a member of the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday after signing a six-year, $200 million contract.

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For the Giants, there was little harm in reaching out again to the two-time All-Star or his agent, Scott Boras.

The longer his saga with the Mets dragged on, the more it became clear Correa would have to settle for much less money and far fewer years than San Francisco and New York were initially prepared to offer.

But Correa might have made his mind up at that point. Even if he hadn't zeroed in on a return to the Twins when he heard from Zaidi, the 28-year-old may have already closed the door on San Francisco.