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MLB: Can Carlos Correa deliver for New York Mets?

Late on Tuesday night there was a dramatic twist in where Carlos Correa is going to be playing in 2023.

Pending a physical, Correa signed for the San Francisco Giants last week in a 13-year, $350million deal after opting out of his Minnesota Twins three-year, $105m deal after one season.

However, the Giants - 33/1 To Win Outright the 2023 World Series - dramatically postponed a scheduled press conference to announce Correa as a San Francisco player because of unresolved medical reports from his physical.

This is where the New York Mets stepped in.

Press conference drama unfolds

Correa and the Mets have agreed to a 12-year, $315m deal on Wednesday according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman. Again, this deal is pending a physical.

It’s a stunning turn of events for the Giants, who had been planning to introduce Correa to the press in a media event at Oracle Park on Tuesday morning after agreeing the huge deal, which would have been the biggest in their history.

Three hours before the press conference was set to take place, the Giants sent out a one-sentence release saying the event had been postponed. Correa’s scheduled appearance with the club’s flagship radio station, KNBR 680, was cancelled as well.

While the Giants never produced a reason why the press conference was cancelled, MLB.com and the Associated Press reported that a medical report had been flagged during Correa’s physical on Monday.

It was also reported that the Giants and Correa’s camp had a difference of opinion on the results of the physical, prompting agent Scott Boras to open talks with the Mets and their owner, Steve Cohen. 

The Giants never got to the stage of officially announcing Correa and they have now missed out on two of their major targets for the offseason after being turned down by Aaron Judge, who opted to stay at the New York Yankees.

Correa has real pedigree

Twenty-eight-year-old Correa opted out of his three-year deal with the Twins after just one season. During his 2022 campaign, he hit .291 with 22 home runs, 64 RBI’s and 70 runs scored in 136 games with a WAR of 5.4.

In addition to his offense, Correa has become a top-tier defensive shortstop. He received Platinum Glove honours in 2021 with +21 defensive runs saved and a 2.9 defensive WAR in 2021.

Correa has played in 148 games and 136 games in the past two seasons, prior to that he played in more than 110 games only once.

The two-time All-Star spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Houston Astros, winning the American League Rookie of the Year honour in 2015 and a World Series ring in 2017.

The Astros are 11/2 To Win Outright the 2023 World Series.

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Mets find a good fit for Correa

For the Mets it’s likely that Correa will slide over to play third base alongside Francisco Lindor, who will play shortstop.

The Mets won 101 games and reached the playoffs for the first time since 2016, losing in three games at Citi Field to the San Diego Padres in the National League Wild Card series.

Despite leading the NL East Division for much of the season, they lost out on the title to the Atlanta Braves, who won the divisional championship for the fifth consecutive season.

Speaking to MLB.com, Mets owner Cohen said: "We need one more thing and this is it. This was important, this puts us over the top. This is a good team, I hope it’s a good team."

So where does this leave Eduardo Escobar, who played the majority of third base for the Mets last season?

Will this also make prospect Brett Baty, who has played the most of his career at third base but made 11 appearances last season in the outfield, a trade candidate?

The Mets have had a good offseason despite losing star pitcher Jacob deGrom to the Texas Rangers.

New York have signed Justin Verlander as a replacement for DeGrom, plus adding Japanese right-handed pitcher Kodai Senga, left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana, catcher Omar Narvaez, and relief pitcher David Robertson.

On top of that, they have brought back reliever Edwin Diaz, outfielder Brandon Nimmo, set-up pitcher Adam Ottavino and even traded for lefty reliever Brooks Raley.

The Mets are expected to be over $90m past the luxury tax threshold, but is appears that Cohen and the Mets aren’t too bothered. 

The Mets are 9/1 To Win Outright the 2023 World Series, which would be their first championship title since 1986.

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