For the second time this week, Carlos Correa’s $300 million coronation is getting delayed due to issues surrounding a physical examination.
According to published reports, Correa’s 12-year, $315 million agreement with the New York Mets hit a snag Friday as the Mets expressed concern over the standard physical players receive before signing a deal. The delay comes just three days after the San Francisco Giants postponed a news conference to introduce Correa after the sides struck a 15-year, $350 million deal.
The Athletic reported that the Mets expressed concern over imaging around a lower leg injury Correa suffered as a Houston Astros minor leaguer in 2014. The New York Post reported that the sides are aiming to work through the concerns.
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That leg injury was strongly believed to factor into the Giants’ flagging of Correa’s physical, as Correa, agent Scott Boras and Correa’s family awaited his official rollout in a San Francisco hotel room, only to be told the Giants needed more time to examine results of the exam.
Boras, concerned the deal might implode a full week after it was agreed upon, told the Giants he would resume negotiations with other interested teams. Hours later, he’d struck the $315 million deal with New York Mets owner Steve Cohen, who has committed close to a billion dollars in roster enhancements this winter.
Now, the most surprising and lucrative upgrade of all — a move that would slide Correa to third base alongside shortstop Francisco Lindor — is in flux.