Scott Boras Says He Doesn't 'Understand' Mets After Carlos Correa Contract Talks

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 15, 2023

Minnesota Twins baseball player Carlos Correa, left, and Agent Scott Boras speak to the media during a press conference at Target Field Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, in Minneapolis. The team and Correa agreed to a six-year, $200 million contract. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)
AP Photo/Abbie Parr

Scott Boras is a bit confounded.

The prominent agent told Bob Nightengale of USA Today he didn't "understand" the New York Mets after the team consulted with orthopedic specialist Dr. Robert Anderson and retracted a 12-year, $315 million deal to star shortstop Carlos Correa.

Anderson had also advised the San Francisco Giants against giving Carlos Correa a long-term deal due to his right ankle, and Boras was a bit confused as to why the Mets entered into negotiations in the first place:

"I gave them all of the information. We had them talk to four doctors. They knew the issue the Giants had. And yet, they still call the same doctor the Giants used for his opinion. There was no new information. So why negotiate a contract if you were going to rely on the same doctor? 
"It was different with the Giants because a doctor had an opinion they didn't know about. But the Mets had notice of this. They knew the opinion of the Giants. So why did you negotiate when you know this thing in advance?" 

Correa, 28, ultimately signed a six-year, $200 million contract with the Minnesota Twins, returning to the organization he played for in 2022, hitting .291 with 22 homers, 64 RBI, 70 runs and a .834 OPS in 136 games.

But it was a far cry from the 13-year, $350 million deal he originally agreed upon with the Giants or the pact he had in place with the Mets. His reportedly balky ankle cost him about $150 million.

While the Giants pulled out of talks completely with Boras and Correa after Anderson's prognosis, per Nightengale, the Mets were willing to continue negotiations.

Boras offered more language in the deal that would have protected the team in the event of a future ankle injury. It included the right to reduce the contract if Correa's right ankle kept him out of action for 60 days, void the contract if he had 120 or more days on the injured list across two seasons and have him take a physical to determine whether they wanted to retain him if he finished the year on the injured list.

Instead, the Mets attempted to cut the money they offered to him in half, with $157.5 million guaranteed for the first six years and then six more years of club options covering the remaining $157.5 million. At any point, the latter six years of that deal could have been voided based on an offseason physical of Correa.

"I said [to Mets lawyers], 'You're now putting the contract at risk,' Boras said. "I've got to cover your risk by your deferral. You can't have everything. You can't defer the contract, save $100 million on the CBT taxes, and have him take all of the risk at the back of the contract that's not guaranteed."

After two weeks without any progress, Boras resumed negotiations with the Twins and secured a deal that included four vesting option years after the initial sixth-year agreement. So the contract could potentially max out at 10 years for $270 million.

Boras is happy with how the process ultimately ended, even if the journey there was a bumpy one.

"I think this is a better deal for him because of the structure of the contract," he told Nightengale. "The likelihood of playing 12 years [without injury] was unforeseen. It wasn't a favorable deal unless he had solid guarantee language. This contract is better because of the probability. There's far more present-value."