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Carlos Correa deal: Five lingering questions about Twins, Mets, Steve Cohen, more after Minnesota reunion

Carlos Correa signing: Five questions remaining with star shortstop set to return to Twins

Is the Carlos Correa free agency saga finally at an end? After seeing tentative deals with the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets fall apart because of concerns about the ankle that Correa injured and had surgically repaired years ago as a minor leaguer, Correa and the incumbent Twins forged an agreement. That agreement is a six-year, $200 million pact that could be worth as much as $270 million if a series of vesting options kick in. At this writing, Correa’s deal to return to the Twins is pending a physical, and that’s obviously a major hurdle given recent events. 

At this point, we’re left with a few questions about what got Correa and the Twins to this point and what the road ahead might look like. Let’s explore those very questions right now. 

1. Will he pass the physical?

As noted above, Correa “failed” two physicals this offseason because of those ankle concerns. However, his Twins deal is for many fewer years and much less money than his accords with the Giants and Mets, and that in turn may reduce the club’s concerns about Correa’s ankle, which, by way of reminder, hasn’t notably bothered him since. As well, after two lost deals the Twins and Correa’s agent Scott Boras were no doubt highly communicative about possible contingencies stemming from the physical. As well, there’s also this: 

Given the familiarity between team and player, what happened with the Mets and Giants, and the lessened cost and risk involved in this contract, a finalized deal – i.e., ink on paper – seems likely. It’s also worth recalling that the Twins medically cleared Correa last winter for the three-year, $105.3 million deal he opted out of. 

2. What does this mean for the Mets?

Likely, it means a reversion to the pre-Correa status quo. Correa has been poised to shift to third base in deference to Francisco Lindor, so there will be no upheaval at the shortstop position. What does change is the hot corner, where Eduardo Escobar will likely return to primary duty until prospect Brett Baty is ready. While Escobar is a solid player, he’s a far cry from Correa. The larger matter is whether this changes the outlook in the NL East. The margins are tight between the Mets and Braves, just as they were last season, and subtracting Correa from the Mets’ outlook may be enough to flip things back to Atlanta. 

3. Will Steve Cohen realize any consequences for his public remarks?

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