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MLB agent Scott Boras explained the circumstances that led to Carlos Correa’s surprise move to join the New York Mets on Wednesday after agreeing to a deal with the San Francisco Giants.
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Scott Boras told me that after the Giants canceled their press conference yesterday, they said they still wanted to negotiate about Correa. But he heard nothing more from them. Twelve hours later, the Mets’ deal was done.
After the Giants agreed to a 13-year, $350 million deal last week, they were due to announce Correa in a news conference Tuesday, but the team delayed the announcement, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. According to Alex Pavlovic’s Alex Pavlovic, he called a news conference at the last minute due to his medical condition.
A day later, Correa agreed to a 12-year, $315 million deal with the Mets, According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post
Susan Slusser’s San Francisco Chronicle pointed out that the Giants’ physical issues were likely a result of Correa’s “very old injuries” before he even made it to the majors.
Mets had expressed interest in Correa before Giants seemingly signed him, owner Steve Cohen According to Hyman, especially being involved.
“He called Correa’s agent, Scott Boras, out of the blue – allegedly, he actually called a few Call – to try to sign the star player before he leaves the board,” Heyman said of Cohen. “But, alas, Boras told Cohen that they were ‘already on the way’ (or something like that) with other people.”
Once the Giants went without communication long enough, the Mets’ interest caused Boras to quickly pivot.
In 2021, the Mets lose out with Boras client due to physical issues: first-round pick Kumar Rocker. The former Vanderbilt pitcher initially agreed to a deal with the team, but an elbow problem caused the organization to renegotiate.
The parties couldn’t reach a deal in time for Rocker to be drafted 3rd overall by the Texas Rangers in 2022.
Once again, Boras has shown a willingness to move on if the team hesitates.