February 4, 2023

REVEALED: Giants’ $350 million deal for Carlos Correa fell amid ‘concerns about surgery he had for a broken leg when he was 19’ before the Mets came up with another blockbuster deal

Carlos Correa’s mega deal with the San Francisco Giants fell apart over the team’s concerns over an ankle injury he suffered eight years ago in 2014.

League sources have told NBC Sports that the specific injury Giants officials were concerned about was one he sustained while a 19-year-old prospect with the Houston Astros.

The injury required surgery to repair a broken right fibula and ligament damage.

“You’re talking about a player who has played eight major league seasons,” said Correa’s agent Scott Boras. “There are things in his medical record that happened decades ago. These are all speculative dynamics.’

Carlos Correa's deal with the San Francisco Giants fell apart due to concerns over an old injury

Carlos Correa’s deal with the San Francisco Giants fell apart due to concerns over an old injury

“Every team has the right to go through things and evaluate things. The most important thing is that we gave [the Giants] medical reports at the time. They still wanted to sign the player and negotiated with the player.’

As many now know, the Giants intended to make Correa the prized jewel of their off-season after agreeing to sign him to a 13-year, $350 million contract.

The team paused the deal just moments before its opening press conference based on their medical concerns, only to instead agree to terms with the New York Mets for 12 years and $312 million.

The break in the deal allowed the Mets to swoop in and agree a contract with him instead

The break in the deal allowed the Mets to swoop in and agree a contract with him instead

“While we are prohibited from disclosing confidential medical information, as Scott Boras publicly stated, there was a disagreement over the results of Carlos’ physical examination,” Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said in a statement Wednesday. “We wish Carlos the best.”

The Mets and owner Steve Cohen had originally entered the Correa sweepstakes late, but quickly bounced back as things began to fall apart with the San Francisco deal.

“This really makes a big difference,” Cohen said. “I felt like our pitching was in good shape. We needed another batter. We’re over the top with that.’

Correa hit .291 with 22 home runs, 64 RBIs and an .834 OPS last season with the Minnesota Twins before pulling out of a three-year, $105.3 million deal.

Correa hits an RBI double during the third inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals,

Correa hits an RBI double during the third inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals,

Further, the signing adds to an off-season headline that New York would have the highest payroll in MLB even before Correa’s mega deal, with projections expected to exceed $440 million by the time the team is ready. is completing the selection. .

The Mets have already handed out an army of contracts to pitchers this offseason, including making huge splashes by signing two of the offseason’s most highly regarded guns by giving Cy Young winner Justin Verlander a two-year $86.7 million deal and the Japanese superstar Kodai Senga on a five-year, $75 million deal.

This goes along with the deals they made with relief pitchers David Robertson, Brooks Raley and Eliser Hernandez, along with the addition of starter Jose Quintana.

Not to mention New York also re-signed outfielder Brandon Nimmo to a massive eight-year deal for $162 million and closing pitcher Edwin Diaz re-signed to a five-year, $102 million contract, the largest contract ever to be awarded. a replacement pitcher is given.

Verlander seemed elated to have landed in New York after winning the World Series

Verlander seemed elated to have landed in New York after winning the World Series

Kodai Senga was first presented as a member of the New York Mets on Monday

Kodai Senga was first presented as a member of the New York Mets on Monday

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