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No Correa-mas yet - all is quiet on the Carlos Correa front for now
With the holiday, there was no forward progress between the Mets and Carlos Correa
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Despite concerns over medicals, a deal with Carlos Correa still seems likely (NY Post)
Any potential Correa deal could be reworked to cover any injury concerns (ESPN)
Jeff McNeil and family wished everyone a Merry Christmas (SNY)
There’s too much at stake for the deal between the Mets and Carlos Correa to fall through… ✍🏻
After the Mets and Steve Cohen stunned the baseball world by swooping in and signing Carlos Correa after the Giants bailed on their agreement, it was a little disconcerting that it was reported now that the Mets also had concerns over the shortstops medicals on Saturday afternoon.
Now, if these were the old Mets, this would be laying the groundwork for some epic Metsing. After a successful coup they would then back out of the deal which would lead to the baseball world joining together in LOLMETS and forgetting about the Giants completely.
These are not those old Mets.
Steve Cohen personally got involved while on vacation in Hawaii after lamenting the fact that they missed out on the deal originally. Cohen did not become a billionaire by playing nice and he is running the Mets like he has his business.
If he wants something he is going to get it.
If he senses a weakness he is going to exploit it.
No matter how much the rest of the baseball world complains about Cohen spending money, it is still his money and he is going to spend it as he sees fit.
I will be absolutely flabbergasted if this deal does not go through. The front office will have to make sure the team is protected in case of injury but at the end of the day this is Cohen’s team and he has made it abundantly clear these are Cohen’s Mets.
And, there’s just too much at stake for this to fall through. On both sides.
After not signing Correa in the first round of his free agency, Cohen went on record as saying his team was only a little better now than it was in 2021.
“My team is good. But it isn’t that much better than last year,” he told the Post on December 17, just after Correa agreed to terms with the Giants. “If you want a team that’s good, this is what it costs. What are you going to do?”
Then, a week later Cohen went on record about his club’s pivot to Correa and the agreement of terms with the Mets, stating Correa was perhaps the final piece to the puzzle.
“We needed one more thing, and this is it,” Cohen told the Post immediately following the agreement on December 21. “This was important … This puts us over the top. This is a good team. I hope it’s a good team!”
Where would that, “one more thing” come from now for the Mets, should they decide to walk away from this new relationship?
As for Correa, the stakes couldn’t be any higher for him and his aspirations for a long-term deal. Should he and the Mets be unable to come to a renewed agreement on contract terms, what team out there would give him the decade-plus deal he’s seeking after two clubs balked at the same medical issue?
Not to mention the fact Correa’s agent, Scott Boras, is also on record about the agreement, having spoken specifically about the agreement in the context of both the player and the club at Carlos Rodon’s introductory press conference at Yankee Stadium last Thursday.
As such, the stars remained aligned for this marriage, even if it maybe somewhat forced at this point.
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