After being rejected by two teams due to medical concerns regarding his right ankle, Carlos Correa ultimately returned to the Minnesota Twins. However, the New York Mets, one of the teams to pass on Correa after initially agreeing to terms, still has the shortstops' agent, Scott Boras, miffed.
In an interview with USA Today's Bob Nightengale, Boras seemed confused about the Mets' decision to negotiate a contract since he says they had the same medical information as the San Francisco Giants, the first team to walk away from talks with Correa.
"It was different with the Giants because a doctor had an opinion they didn't know about. But the Mets had notice of this," Boras said. "They knew the opinion of the Giants. So why did you negotiate when you know this thing in advance?"
Boras offered the Mets protection, structuring Correa's deal with clauses that would allow New York to reduce or even void Correa's contract if he missed a certain amount of games because of his right ankle. The Mets responded with an offer worth half as much as the initial agreement.
Correa originally agreed to a 13-year, $350 million contract with the San Francisco Giants in mid-December. Nearly a week after agreeing to terms, the Giants postponed Correa's introductory press conference after questions arose surrounding his physical. Correa and the Mets agreed to a 12-year, $315 million contract a day later.
Earlier this week, Correa told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic that "There's no hard feelings toward" the Mets and Giants.
After a wild free agent ride, Correa returned to Twins on a six-year, $200 million contract inked last week. But, as Boras told Nightengale, maybe Correa finding his way back to Minnesota was fate.
"Seeing how happy he was and how excited the Twins are, maybe this was the way it was meant to be all along," Boras said.
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