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Mets now await results after Carlos Correa completes physical

The wait for Carlos Correa continued through Friday, as the Mets did not make his signing official following a physical exam that went over two days, as planned. 

Correa was back in Houston by Friday afternoon, according to a source. 

The two sides agreed to a 12-year, $315 million contract early Wednesday morning after Correa’s deal with the Giants fell through. It was Correa’s physical with San Francisco that ended up causing the Giants to pull the 13-year, $350 million offer over a “difference of opinion” in the medicals. 

Mets owner Steve Cohen and general manager Billy Eppler quickly reengaged with Correa’s agent, Scott Boras, that night and came to terms with Correa, who agreed to move from shortstop to third base, with Francisco Lindor at short. 

Boras said Thursday he did not expect any issues with the physical, adding that the deal could be done by Christmas Day. 

Carlos Correa
Carlos Correa completed his two-day physical with the Mets.
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Carlos Correa
Carlos Correa disagreed with the Giants’ opinion on his health.

Boras — who also represents new Yankees left-hander Carlos Rodon — said on Thursday at Rodon’s press conference at Yankee Stadium: “There is no current issue with [Correa’s] health whatsoever. There’s been a lot of discussion about backs and ankles. There’s nothing about him that is currently any form of a medical issue. All the conjecture and evaluation of him has been about physicians using their crystal ball for years to come.” 

Boras added that three teams with access to Correa’s “comprehensive medical records” and imaging provided by Boras’ team offered the 28-year-old contracts “in excess of 10 years.” 

Correa was also examined by Christopher Camp, the Twins team doctor and an orthopedic surgeon from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota after the season, according to Boras, and received a “recommendation for over a 10-year contract.” 

The issue with the Giants reportedly stemmed from a concern over Correa’s lower right leg and an injury that occurred in the minors in 2014, when he broke his fibula sliding into a base and required surgery. 

San Francisco doubted the leg would remain stable over the course of a lengthy contract, according to ESPN, and had concerns that would alter his mobility. 

Correa’s history on the field hasn’t raised concerns. His only stints on the injured list over the past three years were for COVID-19 and a contused middle finger after being hit by a pitch. 

“I don’t know what the Giants were concerned about, because I never asked,” Boras said. “They just kept saying they needed additional time. [From our perspective], there is no medical issue with Carlos. There is none. So it had to be something that they felt was historical. The fact that everyone in this process was always willing to contract and negotiate with him meant that he was healthy, because no team is going to contract and continue to negotiate [if he was not].” 

Mets’ fans don’t seem to be worried about Correa’s future in Queens. According to The Post’s Jon Heyman, the team sold $1 million worth of single-game tickets on Wednesday, after word of the deal first became known. 

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