All-Star Carlos Correa not willing to restructure contract with Mets amid concerns over physical: report

The Carlos Correa situation continues to develop with a new report detailing the possibility of a restructured contract amid medical concerns.

Issues surrounding Correa’s physical previously caused his contract agreement with the Giants to fall through.

The Mets now have similar concerns related to the status of Correa’s surgically repaired right leg, a report from The Athletic revealed.

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Minnesota Twins’ Carlos Correa heads to the dugout after striking out swinging against Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Tyler Wells during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 2, 2022, in Baltimore.
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The two parties seem to believe the latest snag will not ultimately be a dealbreaker, but one of the options that has been presented is a restructured contract.

The Mets could add specific language to the agreement that makes accommodations for potential games Correa could miss due to his leg issue. However, a report from the New York Post said that Correa would push back against any restricting or alteration of his agreement with the Mets.

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Correa’s unwillingness to listen to a restricted offer could potentially derail the agreement being finalized.

Jon Heyman of the New York Post said there is around a 55% chance of the team and the star shortstop reaching common ground.

Minnesota Twins' Carlos Correa adjusts his arm protector during batting batting practice at Hammond Stadium Wednesday March 23, 2022, in Fort Myers, Fla.

Minnesota Twins’ Carlos Correa adjusts his arm protector during batting batting practice at Hammond Stadium Wednesday March 23, 2022, in Fort Myers, Fla.
(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Correa’s prospects on the free-agent market may not be very promising, considering that two big league clubs have made their concerns about his physical health known.

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But, Heyman also reported that at least three other big league teams have contacted Correa’s representatives after the Mets’ concerns over his medical status came to light.

Carlos Correa #4 of the Minnesota Twins rounds the bases on his solo home run against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning of the game at Target Field on September 15, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Carlos Correa #4 of the Minnesota Twins rounds the bases on his solo home run against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning of the game at Target Field on September 15, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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It is unclear if the Giants are one of those three teams. Earlier this week, Correa and his agent, Scott Boras, changed course when they pivoted from a 13-year, $350 million agreement with the Giants and decided to go with a separate deal with the Mets.

New York’s deal is reportedly a 12-year, $315 million agreement.

Mets owner Steve Cohen has publicly spoken about Correa’s contract, which could complicate things if the team attempts to back out of the deal. Cohen previously told Heyman that, “We needed one more thing, and this was it.” He also said that “this puts us over the top,” in reference to the agreement with Correa.

The MLB typically does not want team executives or officials to make comments about pending agreements.

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How the situation plays out remains to be seen, but all parties involved likely want a resolution sooner rather than later.

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