Carlos Correa After a medical issue came up during the All-Star shortstop’s physical, the San Francisco Giants postponed a press conference to introduce him on Tuesday, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press.
The people who spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday did so under the condition of anonymity because the Giants have not made any information about Carlos Correa $350 million, 13-year contract publicly available, not even the fact that Tuesday’s availability was intended to introduce the highly sought-after free agent.
One individual told the AP that the conference scheduled for Tuesday to officially welcome Correa had been postponed as both parties awaited the results of the tests. A second individual said that Correa’s exam revealed a medical problem.
According to one of the insiders, Correa and the Giants reached an agreement on the big deal on December 13—subject to a positive physical. Throughout his eight-year career, Correa has been placed on the disabled list seven times.
The media availability at Oracle Park was supposed to start at 11 a.m. PT, but it was cancelled roughly three hours beforehand. The Giants didn’t explain why in their statement.
It was unclear if the parties had brought up renegotiating Carlos Correa contract.
In eight seasons in the major league, Correa, the 2015 AL Rookie of the Year, has a.279 lifetime average, 155 home runs, and 553 RBIs. With 18 home runs and 59 RBI in the postseason, he has also been an excellent performer.
Durability is really Correa’s only drawback. He has only ever played at least 150 games in a season due to a variety of ailments.
Following his release from the Houston Astros, Correa, 28, became a free agent and signed a $105.3 million contract with the Minnesota Twins. The two-time All-Star was granted the option to opt out of that pact after one year and $35.1 million in order to reenter the market. He cancelled his contract and re-entered the free agency pool.
The Giants’ guarantee for Correa would rank as the fourth-largest contract in baseball history. With the Los Angeles Angels, Mike Trout signed a $426.5 million, 12-year deal. With the Los Angeles Dodgers, Mookie Betts signed a $365 million, 12-year deal. And with the New York Yankees, Aaron Judge signed a $360 million, 9-year deal.
In his one season with Minnesota, Correa batted.291 with 64 RBIs, 22 home runs, and 22 doubles. He was chosen by Houston with the first overall choice in the 2012 amateur draught, and in 2017, he helped the Astros win their first World Series since finishing last in the AL West.
A sign-stealing plot marred the Astros’ victory, and since the story broke, Carlos Correa has received lusty jeers in several towns.
Three-time All-Star Brandon Crawford has served as the Giants’ shortstop since 2011. Crawford, who will turn 36 next month, struggled with injuries last season and dropped from a.298 average with 24 home runs and 90 RBIs in 2021 to a.231 average with nine home runs and 52 RBIs.
Crawford’s salary is $16 million in 2023, after which he will be a free agency. The Giants were looking for a future shortstop because he has fought with ailments in previous seasons and could contemplate retiring at the end of his contract.