The Mets Are Being Made Fun Of For Losing Out On Carlos Correa Even Though They Did The Right Thing (For Once)

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On Tuesday afternoon, it was reported that shortstop Carlos Correa and the Minnesota Twins are finalizing a six-year, $200 million contract.

This, of course, comes after he agreed to a 12-year, $315 million contract with the New York Mets. The Mets, though, only swooped in after Correa and the San Francisco Giants had previously agreed to a 13-year, $350 million contract.

The agreement includes a vesting option for four years and $70 million and will become official if Correa passes a medical review, which is currently taking place. The focus will be on his lower right leg, which he broke in 2014 during a minor league game, and a source said the Twins expect to be comfortable with it. Correa has not spent time on the injured list for a right leg ailment in his eight-year big league career, but Giants and Mets medical personnel were concerned about how the leg would age. [via ESPN]

Given that Correa’s free agency period saw his value drop by a whopping $150 million, the concerns surrounding his surgically repaired right leg are clearly legitimate.

Despite this, the New York Mets are still, somehow, being made fun of — largely by social media accounts who are clearly clowning on the Mets just for the sake of it — for not landing Correa, even though it’s clear that signing him carries a pretty significant risk.

While the Mets (and the Giants, for that matter) could’ve obviously used the services of a healthy Correa — who is among the sport’s best shortstops — the size of the contract it would’ve taken to acquire him was clearly too much of a gamble given his medical history. Had the Mets tied him down to a decade-long deal and his right leg broke down after three of them, they would’ve gotten roasted for that, too.

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