“Think Cohen is Going to Mess This Up” – Latest Carlos Correa Update Unsettles New York Mets Fans Amid Fresh Free Agency Rumors

Published 12/27/2022, 8:00 AM EST

Despite billionaire Steve Cohen sending a flight to pick Carlos Correa up from Houston, seemingly, the shortstop’s luck, or rather his right ankle, is fighting against his odds of receiving a wealthy and lengthy contract from any team. San Francisco Giants were the first team to bail out the 2017 World Champion. Following this, the New York Mets entered the bidding war and pretty much poached the shortstop from the Giants, but in hindsight, it was probably good riddance to the Bay Area.

The Winter Meetings came to an end with the Giants offering Carlos Correa 13 year deal worth $350 million – almost touching Aaron Judge’s $360 million. But after arriving at his medical, and palpably failing, the Giants walked out, and the New York Mets entered. Subsequently, the All-Star shortstop and the Mets mutually agreed to an 11-year, $315 million deal. This too has now gone awry since Correa conducted his physical with the Mets.

From a sure-shot deal to only a 55% chance with the New York Mets – Carlos Correa and his unlucky fortune

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The curious tale of Carlos Correa and the injury he sustained on his right ankle, during the minor leagues, continue to affect his career, long years after his MLB debut with the Astros in 2015. Now, as reported by the New York Post, three other teams have entered the Correa bidding war after his chances of signing with the New York Mets reduced to 55%.

USA Today via Reuters

All things considered, Correa isn’t considering moving anywhere else. However, he’s not looking at a contract decrease either. But Correa is, without any doubt, the biggest free agent on the market. And weeks after the trading season commenced, the market reached saturation with regard to options.

Mets fans, who were overjoyed with the entry of Correa in City Field, stand confused. Despite the want for a shortstop of the stature of Carlos Correa, fans don’t want an injury-prone star, who adds a load on the payroll.

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Any contract that extends the time frame of five or six years doesn’t only display a bet on the player’s skill, but also a bet on the player’s fitness. In Correa’s situation, there is no doubt about him being amongst the best shortstops in the game today. But his fitness will continue to exist as a concern for any team that wants to bring him on for a long time.

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The question that continues to surround the mind of every New York Mets fan is whether Cohen will go against his better judgment, and put faith in a highly injury susceptible player. What do you think the Mets front office will decide decide to do?

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Mohsin Baldiwala

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Mohsin Baldiwala is an MLB author for EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his BBA degree, specializing in Communications & Media with a Public Policy minor. Along with his keen interest in politics and questions about society, he has written multiple research papers about a variety of topics, ranging from stand-up comedy to the Indian Education System.

Edited By: Gideon Mathson

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