Carlos Correa had a busy offseason.
He accepted deals with three teams. He can only play for one, of course, and that will be the Minnesota Twins.
Correa initially agreed to a 13-year, $350 million contract with the San Francisco Giants. However, after a doctor working for the Giants disagreed with Correa’s physical, the deal fell through and the New York Mets pounced on him.
They then reportedly agreed to pay him $315 million over the next twelve years and move him to third base.
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There was just one problem: The Mets sought advice from the same doctor the NL West club had used, according to Correa.
“The Giants used an ankle specialist that didn’t happen to me,” Correa told The Athletic. “Then the Mets used the same specialist, who obviously wasn’t going to pass me. He had already given an opinion to another team about my ankle. He wasn’t going to change that. He was going to stand by what he was saying, of course, because that’s what he believed.»
The problem with the physique stems from a rod in Correa’s ankle from surgery in 2014. Correa’s deal with the Mets never came to fruition after much back and forth. The Mets were willing to guarantee Correa $157.5 million over the first six years of his proposed contract.
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The Twins and Correa eventually agreed to a deal, but Minnesota was unwilling to give Correa such a long deal. They will have Correa for half the time he would have had the shortstop under contract with the Mets.
Correa, 28, signed a six-year deal worth $200 million.
«We had other ankle specialists look at him and they said he was going to be fine,» Correa said. But the only doctor used by the Giants and Mets «never touched me or saw me or tested me.»
The shortstop has been placed on the disabled list seven times in his eight-year career, but never with an ankle injury, and has played at least 140 games just twice in his career (2016, 2021). The 28-year-old played in 136 games last season due to two trips to the disabled list.
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Correa is a .279 career hitter with an .836 OPS and a Gold Glove in 2021. He also won the Platinum Glove in the American League.
In the postseason, he has hit .272 with an .849 OPS, shooting 18 home runs and driving in 59 runs in 79 games. Last season with the Twins, Correa hit .291. play along a .366 on-base percentage. He also hit 22 home runs and drove in 64.