Report: Carlos Correa Deal To Be "Dramatically Different"

As the talks continue to drag on between the New York Mets and the Carlos Correa camp, it appears that the shortstop's medical issues are going to mean a big hit on his pocketbook. MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has the latest:

We expect it to be a dramatically different deal. It's not going to be 12 years, $315M guaranteed. The question again is, to what extend does the language change, does the deal change, and how is Carlos Correa going to be once he gets through all this? Will he be happy, will he be upset? 

                                                                    —MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal 

Rosenthal says he's "surprised" that it hasn't been worked out yet. He pointed out on The Athletic Baseball Show podcast that it's a "complex" situation, in dealing with the long-term stability of Correa's lower right leg that was surgically repaired when he was 19. 

"From a long-term sense, yes, there is concern.

"One problem for Correa and his agent Scott Boras is that the Mets really have all the leverage... Two times he's been flagged for the same problem with his physical. It would be extremely difficult for him to go back into the open market and say 'Ok, 10 years, $300 million! Who's in?'. That's not happening!"

Admittedly, Rosenthal says, yes, the Mets still want Correa, and owner Steve Cohen has already stated publicly that they're signing him, so it is problematic for them if they tried to completely renege on the deal. He still expects them to work something out. 

But he says there will likely be an "exclusion clause", which is language that says if the player spends a certain amount of time on the injured list due to this particular injury (his surgically-repaired leg), you can void future years or lower the guarantee. 

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