It is the body. Again.
The New York Metssuch as San Francisco Giants Earlier in the week, concerns were raised about Carlos CorreaA surgically repaired right leg puts his 12-year, $315 million contract with the Star shortstop in jeopardy, according to the people, who were not authorized to speak publicly.
If the Mets continue to have reservations about the long-term stability of Correa’s leg, the parties could agree to a restructured contract. After talking about the deal, it may be difficult for the Mets to completely back out of the deal with their owner, Steve Cohen. It could be difficult for Correa to re-enter the free-agent market and work out a comparable deal after two clubs found the same issue in his physicals.
The new developments are the latest twist in a saga that shocked the baseball world when Correa and his agent, Scott Boras, on Wednesday opted out of their original 13-year, $350 million deal with the Giants to a separate deal with the Mets.
Cohen confirmed his apparent conspiracy to the New York Post, saying, “We needed one more thing, and this was it.” Major League Baseball It warns teams not to publicly comment on pending contracts, saying such comments could persuade an arbitrator to side with a player in a grievance, a former executive said.
If the Mets are uncomfortable with Correa’s long-term prognosis, one way to modify the contract is to insert language that says parts of the contract are non-guaranteed if Correa misses a certain amount of time with a specific leg problem. Boras, however, is likely to fight any attempt to change the deal.
Correa, who played in 148 and 136 games the past two seasons, had his physical with the Mets on Thursday, Boras said. Teams usually make contracts official the day after a player’s medical. The Giants were set to follow precisely that plan earlier in the week.
San Francisco made its deal with Correa on December 13. Correa underwent his physical on Monday, and the Giants scheduled an introductory news conference for Tuesday. But the team postponed a news conference that morning and later confirmed a “disagreement with the results of Carlos’ physical examination.”
Correa, 28, hit an RBI triple as a 19-year-old in the minor leagues in June 2014 when a spike caught him in the bag and required arthroscopic surgery to repair a fractured right fibula and minor ligament damage. Astros. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said at the time Correa’s fracture was closer to his ankle than to his knee.
In eight major-league seasons, Correa has never been on the injured list with a right foot problem. He mentioned the hardware in his leg after a game on Sept. 20 in which he was injured following a hard fall, but then missed time.
“He hit my plate,” Correa told reporters. “I had surgery and he hit it. Kind of a numb feeling. Vibrating. So I waited for it to calm down. It was a little scary, but when I moved I knew it was going to be good.
The Twins He medically cleared Correa to a $105.3 million free-agent contract last March, then gave him his next 10-year, $285 million offer. If Correa had accepted, sources said, the team would have subjected his body to more scrutiny than it initially did because of the long-term nature of the contract.
Boras tried to re-engage the Twins after the Giants refused to finalize the deal with Correa. But unlike the Mets, who raised $27 million from their first discussion with Correa, the Twins weren’t willing to budge from their initial offer. Major league sources said the Twins would not have moved forward with the conversation without exploring potential issues with Correa’s health with the Giants.
Boras said the Giants advised him they wanted to talk to other doctors before proceeding with Correa, but he wasn’t willing to wait.
Scott Boras: Mets physical ‘no current issue’ with Carlos Correa’s health
“I said, ‘Look, I’ve given you a fair amount of time. We need to move forward with this. Give me a deadline. If you’re not going to implement, I need to talk to other groups,'” Boras said.
“You’re talking about a player who played eight big league seasons. His medical records contain things that happened decades ago. These are all speculative mechanics.
“Every team has the right to go and evaluate things. The bottom line is that we gave them (the Giants) medical reports at the time. They still wanted to sign the player and negotiate with the player.
Team medical personnel occasionally offer different interpretations of a player’s medical records, such as a patient’s second opinion disagreeing with the doctor’s first opinion. Metz is Korea’s second concept. And they seem determined at first.
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