Way again when Carlos Correa had solely agreed to at least one megadeal — that being the Giants’ $350 million, 13-year settlement — Mets proprietor Steve Cohen was lamenting to The Post about lacking out on Correa (the primary time), and he mentioned, ” There will all the time be one other free agent.”
Just a few days later it seemed like that free agent is perhaps Correa. But alas, it was to not be. Cohen actually cherished what Correa introduced — the glove, the persona and the additional bat, which he felt was “wanted” — and he is absolutely dissatisfied to not have acquired him following the disagreement over his bodily and how one can resolve that distinction by way of contract-language adjustments. But there will likely be extra alternatives, which is the attractive factor about free company and having a internet value that rivals some small nations.
Unfortunately, the timing right here is not nice. By the time Correa agreed to his third deal, the one which caught — the $200M, six-year Twins settlement — the free-agent market that is left comprises no stars of their prime, a lot much less superstars. Cohen is a big-game hunter, and it is enjoyable to guess who is perhaps subsequent. Some concepts:
The Padres predict him to train his opt-out, particularly after the way in which they and others paid prime free brokers this winter. He and supervisor Buck Showalter are tight from days collectively in Baltimore.
He most likely should not be No. 2 on any checklist, however there’s some concern about whether or not he’d go to New York. One baseball govt mentioned he flat-out instructed Ohtani he did not need to come right here when he was first launched 5 years in the past. (His handlers say that was a very long time in the past and tastes change, however in fact they should hope he’d take into account Cohen’s group for the sake of negotiations, which can get loopy anyway for the world’s finest participant.) The Dodgers appear primed for a run at Ohtani, and the bidding ought to get to the $500M vary, at the least.
Fernando Tatis Jr
Yet one other Padre has been rumored to be potential commerce bait (Padres individuals say they don’t seem to be buying him). I’d say, keep away till he can show he is extra reliable. Flashes of greatness are good however not at this price. His $340M deal, which coincidentally impressed Francisco Lindor’s $341M Mets deal, is closely backloaded.
He’s a terrific defender, and like Machado as a free agent could step proper in at third with Eduardo Escobar’s contract expiring after 2023. Nevertheless, his offense has lagged the previous couple of years.
He’ll be the highest pitcher available on the market subsequent 12 months (except you depend Ohtani as a pitcher, and even perhaps then), he is younger, he is clutch. Don’t disregard.
He’s begging to be traded, and maybe he will likely be. But the crosstown Yankees, the Marlins and others are extra apparent matches. He’s an excellent participant however does not carry the cachet of a Correa.
Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff
There’s no actual indication both will likely be dealt, or that the Brewers would commerce one to the Mets.
One factor people are questioning about is why the Mets did not simply give Correa the identical $200M, six-year deal he in the end signed with the Twins. It would appear to be a great deal after initially agreeing to $315M, and maybe the Mets will remorse not doing it, however it very possible comes all the way down to the tax and the will to maintain the AAV (common annual wage) comparatively low.
Cohen famously instructed me “what distinction does it make” over the comparatively small more money he was spending (for him), however in the end, there are strains for everybody, even him. Cohen is paying a 90 % tax (the Steve Cohen tax) in order that $33M is basically $63M a 12 months. Correa is basically good. But is he that good?
The Twins, beneath the tax threshold, pay solely the $33.33M wage, and no extra tax. So Cohen would have been paying double had they finalized the deal.
For those that thought Cohen has no restrict, we could lastly have discovered it.