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Late-night stunner: Mets, Carlos Correa agree to 12-year, $315 million contract
One week after reportedly signing with the San Francisco Giants, the superstar shortstop makes a shocking pivot.
This is not a fever dream — this is reality.
As you wake up this morning, the news is rolling in… while you were sleeping, the Mets and shortstop Carlos Correa reportedly agreed to a 12-year, $315 million contract.
“My team is good. But it isn’t that much better than last year,” Mets owner and CEO Steve Cohen said to Heyman last week. “If you want a team that’s good, this is what it costs. What are you going to do?”
There is no other way to say it — this news comes as an absolute shocker whose waves will ripple across the league. It was just one week ago when the Mets got into the Correa sweepstakes late in the game and ultimately lost out, as the Giants had reportedly signed Correa to a 13-year mega-deal. That was that, the Mets made a final hour charge but came up short, and that was okay. It was still a great start to the offseason. Never did I think that we would be waking up to this reality.
Correa was supposed to be introduced in a press conference as a Giant yesterday, but after a reported health flag in his physical earlier in the week came up, San Francisco cryptically postponed it (I think they can probably cancel that thing now). This apparently re-opened the door just enough for Steve Cohen to come barreling through it armed with a checkbook and a will to win we have never quite seen from a Mets owner before.
What an absolute 180-degree switch from the Wilpon days. When the sheer shock of this signing begins to dissipate, it will be seen as a seismic shift in not only the NL East but the entire league. The Mets and their owner have made an absolute statement this offseason, take their payroll to heights no one has ever seen before in order to put a sure fire winner on the field of play.
“I made a commitment to the fans,” Cohen explained. “If it means I have to spend money to fulfill that commitment, so be it.”
The Mets won 101 games last year but couldn’t hold onto the division or make a run in October, and that wasn’t enough for this front office. In the last few weeks alone, New York has now acquired Carlos Correa, Justin Verlander, Kodai Senga, David Robertson, José Quintana and Brooks Raley while re-signing Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Díaz and Adam Ottavino. So much for that “the Mets haven’t gotten any better” narrative being spun over the last few weeks.
As for Correa himself, he provides a legitimate star bat for a lineup that was really one power hitter away from being whole. Just last season, Correa, 28, hit .291/.366/.467 with 22 home runs, 24 doubles, 64 RBI, 70 runs scored, a 140 wRC+ and a 4.4 fWAR. Also of note, Correa is a career .272/.344/.505/.849 hitter in the postseason. This is the absolute bat that this lineup needed to add protection to Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso.
Correa is also expected to shift to third base with the Mets, with Lindor manning shortstop for the next decade after being acquired in the 2020-21 offseason. Correa moved over to third for Lindor once before as teammates during the 2017 World Baseball Classic for Puerto Rico, and will now do so for the next 12 years in Queens.
With this acquisition, the Mets payroll is at a place no one has ever seen before, likely leading to a few trades to be made before this offseason. Look no further than Eduardo Escobar, who just lost his starting job, and James McCann. Maybe Carlos Carrasco, too. At some point going forward, the question of Correa’s medicals that opened the door for the Mets to sign him in the first place will need to be answered — but today is not the day for that.
This is a day for celebration. Mets fans have long deserved a franchise that went “all in” and did whatever it takes to win, regardless of the cost. Well here we are. This ain’t the Wilpons anymore. Carlos Correa is a New York Met, and this team is all in.