The injury that scared the San Francisco Giants from finalizing a deal with shortstop Carlos Correa has reportedly been revealed.
Earlier this week, the San Francisco Giants were expected to formally introduce shortstop Carlos Correa to the team and city. Then, a medical issue that popped up in his physical prompted the Giants from backing off from finalizing the deal. Early on Wednesday morning, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported that Correa was jumping over to the New York Mets on a 12-year, $315 million.
Giants fans can’t be feeling good, as they lost out on not one, but two of the top free agents in the league. The main question that was brought up was “what exact medical issue scared off the Giants?”
According to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area, multiple league sources believe that the injury that the Giants were concerned about was an ankle issue suffered back in 2014.
Carlos Correa injury that scared off Giants reportedly revealed
“While Correa missed time early in his MLB career with a back injury, multiple league sources said the Giants had concerns about an ankle injury he suffered while in the minor leagues,” writes Pavlovic. “In 2014, when he was a 19-year-old prospect with the Houston Astros, Correa injured his leg on a slide into third base in a High-A game. The Astros later announced that he underwent surgery on a fractured right fibula and a ligament.”
After news of the press conference being postponed due to the medical issue, the first thought that came up was the back injury Correa suffered back in the 2019 campaign. However, various reports indicated that the back injury was not the issue.
Correa played in 62 games in the 2014 season for the Class A-Advanced Lancaster JetHawks before picking up the aforementioned injury that ultimately ended his campaign.
On Tuesday, Correa was in town with his family for the press conference for the Giants. After the press conference was postponed and after not hearing back from the Giants, Correa’s agent, Scott Boras, gave a call to New York Mets owner Steve Cohen, and negotiated a deal.
Correa is scheduled to undergo his physical for the Mets on Thursday.
The Giants were concerned enough to put a pause on their contractual agreement. Correa and Boras then pivoted to the Mets, and the rest is history.