Way again when Carlos Correa had solely agreed to 1 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 stated, ” There will all the time be one other free agent.”
A number of days later it regarded like that free agent could be Correa. But alas, it was to not be. Cohen actually liked what Correa introduced — the glove, the character and the additional bat, which he felt was “wanted” — and he is absolutely disenchanted to not have acquired him following the disagreement over his bodily and tips on how to resolve that distinction through contract-language modifications. But there will probably be extra alternatives, which is the gorgeous factor about free company and having a internet price that rivals some small international locations.
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 accommodates no stars of their prime, a lot much less superstars. Cohen is a big-game hunter, and it is enjoyable to guess who could be subsequent. Some concepts:
The Padres expect him to train his opt-out, particularly after the best way they and others paid prime free brokers this winter. He and supervisor Buck Showalter are tight from days collectively in Baltimore.
He in all probability 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 stated he was flat-out informed Ohtani did not need to come right here when he was first free 5 years in the past. (His handlers say that was a very long time in the past and tastes change, however in fact they must hope he’d take into account Cohen’s workforce for the sake of negotiations, which is able to 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, not less than.
Fernando Tatis Jr
Yet one other Padre has been rumored to be potential commerce bait (Padres folks 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 fee. 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 years.
He’ll be the highest pitcher in the marketplace subsequent 12 months (except you rely Ohtani as a pitcher, and maybe even then), he is younger, he is clutch. Don’t disregard.
He’s begging to be traded, and maybe he will probably be. But the crosstown Yankees, the Marlins and others are extra apparent matches. He’s an excellent participant however would not carry the cachet of a Correa.
Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff
There’s no actual indication both will probably be dealt, or that the Brewers would commerce one to the Mets.
One factor of us 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 superb 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 informed me “what distinction does it make” over the comparatively small extra cash he was spending (for him), however in the end, there are traces for everybody, even him. Cohen is paying a 90 % tax (the Steve Cohen tax) in order that $33M is absolutely $63M a 12 months. Correa is absolutely good. But is he that good?
The Twins, under the tax threshold, pay solely the $33.33M wage, and no further tax. So Cohen would have been paying double had they finalized the deal.
For those that figured Cohen has no restrict, we could lastly have discovered it.