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Mets share similar concerns as the Giants did over Carlos Correa's physical
Carlos Correa underwent a physical in New York Thursday and Friday
The issues that caused the Giants to back out of their 13-year agreement with superstar Carlos Correa has now given the Mets some pause.
According to The Athletic, the Mets have grown concerned over the results of Correa’s physical - which he underwent on Thursday and Friday in New York - specifically around the images of his leg which was broken while sliding in the minor leagues in 2014.
Correa required surgery to help heal his broken leg at the time as well as repair minor ligament damage, an injury he sustained close to his ankle. He hasn’t spent any time on the injured list since resulting from any difficulties or hinderances from the break.
As a rookie in 2015, Correa played in 99 games for the Astros. He has appeared in 136 games or more three times during his seven-year career, and only missed time in 2022 after being placed on the COVID-19 injured list in late May.
From a team perspective, it's understandable a club would raise concerns over a major injury before committing to a decade-plus long contract, even if it was sustained close to a decade ago. That the same concerns have been raised by a second club in a week offers validity to a potential risk the club would and should try to protect itself against.
The concerns over Correa’s leg may not be so much over the short-term, but as he ages into his 30s and over the life of the 12-year contract.
Having said that, it’s difficult for the Mets to back out of the deal after Mets owner and CEO Steve Cohen went on record about the agreement, as did Correa’s agent, Scott Boras, during Carlos Rodon’s introductory press conference at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.
During that press conference, Boras insisted there was no health issue with Correa, inclusive of the leg which has now come into question with both the Giants and the Mets in the last week.
“There is no current issue with Carlos’ health, whatsoever.” the agent explained to reporters.
On the other hand, if Correa were to re-enter the free agent market, it would be difficult for him to land the long-term deal he agreed to with both the Mets and Giants since both clubs have raised concerns about the same injury, albeit an old one.
Both parties are in an obvious difficult position, and this is one of the many reasons why clubs do not typically go on-record to discuss agreements before contracts are signed and made official.
But considering Mr. Cohen was so quickly willing to go on the record to discuss the deal before Correa took his physical and the contract was signed, it could mean the Mets will simply look to restructure the deal in an effort to protect their own interests over the lifetime of the contract which, according to the New York Post, is what the two sides are trying to do at this time.
Still, according to The Athletic, the results from the physical could jeopardize the deal entirely for Correa and the Mets.