If the New York Mets wanted Carlos Correa they would have taken the risk and paid for him, no matter the price, and I think that was the plan of his agent, Scott Boras. The plan didn’t work, and he ended up signing with the Minnesota Twins. Some Mets fans are mad they didn’t spend the money, and some are happy they didn’t take the risk. It’s odd.
The Deal is Explained Here
This explains the deal with the Twins. Some of the players might be disappointed, but the Mets made the prudent decision. The original deal was for 12 years, and then when the medical issue came up, again, the Twins got him for six years and much less money. There’s no question they thought Cohen would overpay, and in the end, he proved he’s no dummy.
Correa Is In Decline
Correa is a big, strapping guy, but his power numbers are fading along with his RBI, and now there is a controversy about driving runs in. Some say it’s not that important, and WAR is more important. I disagree. WAR does measure a player’s worth to a team compared to a replacement-level player in that same position. Driving runs and scoring runs have always been the name of the game.
Correa’s Strikeouts Are Up
His strikeouts are up, and his runs scored dropped like a stone to 70. I blame that partially on the team, of course, but now he’s gone back to that same team. The Twins had no problem overpaying for Correa because they have nobody else. That’s on Correa. He’s experienced winning and now he wants to get paid beyond reasoning.
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Correa Is a Gold Glove Award Winner
Correa hasn’t played third base in the big leagues. He’s won a gold and platinum glove award in 2021. Would he be as good as A-Rod was for the New York Yankees? A-Rod was a better fielder for sure. Was the prospect of having Correa better than Eduardo Escobar? Of course, the Mets’ third baseman has trouble with his range and his erratic arm, so that’s a no-brainer.
So Now What?
San Diego’s Manny Machado has an out next year, and Shohei Ohtani is in the last year of his deal. Will the Mets give up assets to get him this season? I don’t think they should. They don’t have the deepest farm system. So will they offer him a boatload of cash next season? They might, but soon they will have to pay Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil, so that’s going to be a discussion for sure. For this season, it’s Escobar right now, and maybe an upgrade at the deadline.