In a stunning turn of events, Carlos Correa has agreed to a 12-year, $315 million contract with the New York Mets, spurning the San Francisco Giants, whom he had a previous agreement with, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Correa originally had agreed to terms last week with the Giants on a historic 13-year, $350 million contract, which tied him with Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper for the longest free agent deal in baseball history.
However, Correa’s deal with the Giants fell through on Tuesday night and it opened the door for the aggressive Mets owner Steve Cohen to come in and bring Correa to the Big Apple, capping off an expensive offseason for the Mets.
Correa, 28, was scheduled to be officially introduced by the Giants on Tuesday, but the team announced that morning that the news conference was postponed without providing a reason, and the Associated Press stated that an undisclosed medical condition popped up during Correa’s physical, per the AP.
With Correa’s new deal, the Mets have now committed more than $800 million to free agents during this offseason, and their competitive balance tax payroll now is projected to be approximately $384 million.