Superstar Carlos Correa and the Mets negotiated a deal in the middle of the night after his deal with the Giants fell through, the New York Post has learned. Correa’s new contract with the Mets is for $315 million over 12 years, sources told the Post.
Something came up about Correa’s medical treatment with the Giants, and Cohen stepped in to make the deal he thought he eluded. Correa will play third base for the Mets, giving the Mets a star-studded team and Cohen a record payroll north of $380 million.
“We need one more thing, and that’s it,” Cohen told the Post from Hawaii. “That was important… That puts us at the top. That’s a good team. I hope It’s a good team!”
Correa’s Mets deal is still awaiting a medical evaluation. Something happened during his medical treatment with the Giants that caused the 13-year, $350 million deal with the Giants to fall apart. All it said was that it wasn’t an issue that had surfaced earlier in Correa’s career but hasn’t sidelined him in any of the last three seasons.
Cohen, who recently complained about not reaching Correa, worked out the deal from Hawaii, where he was located, with Correa’s agent Scott Boras over a four or five hour period after Boras described a “disagreement” with Correas had giant medicinal.
“It really makes a big difference,” said Cohen. “I felt our pitching was in good shape. We needed another bat. That puts us at the top.”
It seems unreal that the Mets could work out a deal in a matter of hours. But as Cohen explained, they resumed talks from Cohen’s last call a day before Correa and the Giants made their deal.
“We continued where we were before and it just worked,” said Cohen.
Cohen’s Mets are in record territory for payroll and taxes. His taxes will now total nearly $100 million after a bonanza of a winter in which the Mets added Justin Verlander, Kodai Senga, Jose Quintana and David Robertson and brought back Brandon Nimmo and Edwin Diaz. But Cohen seems unfazed by the amazing effort.
“What the hell is the difference? If you want to make the move, make the move,” Cohen said.
The Mets team is now full of stars, including shortstop Francisco Lindor, hitters Pete Alonso and ace Max Scherzer, as well as all the big moves Cohen and company made this winter (Correa, Justin Verlander and Kodai Senga).
Said Cohen, “I hope the fans come.”