It was a weird 28 days for shortstop Carlos Correa, who was a prized free agent that many teams had their eyes on. After many thought he would be a San Francisco Giant until that fell through and then reportedly agreed on a 12-year contract with the New York Mets, everyone thought that was a done deal. But after both the Giants and Mets had concerns about his physical and talks fizzled out with the Mets, the team that he played for last regular season called his name and were able to re-sign him.
That would be the Minnesota Twins who were able to work out a six-year $200 million deal which was nearly half of what the both the Mets and Giants offered him. Now that the Correa free agency saga is officially over and he won’t be teaming up with his buddy over in Queens, Fransisco Lindor. The Mets and Mets fans should not be upset that Correa won’t be joining them after many thought he was the missing piece to bring a champion to Queens.
For one, the Mets still have third baseman Eduardo Escobar on their roster who despite having a down year by his standards, had a strong finish of the regular season and in particular in September. Escobar hit 20 home runs in the regular season and drove in 69 runs batted in and had a batting average over .300 to close out the regular season. Escobar is still a valuable piece for the Mets and can for sure help the Mets get to the World Series. He’s no Carlos Correa but he’s still an elite hitter and the kind of veteran presence the Mets exactly need.
Also, the Mets have their number two prospect and potential third baseman of the future Brett Baty. Baty is a player that the Mets are really high on and got Mets fans very excited when he hit a home run in his first at bat against Atlanta. If the Correa signing would have been official, there would have been many questions about his future in New York. Even though Baty only hit .184 in limited action with just two home runs, I feel like we have not seen the best of Brett Baty yet. Plus, he’s only 23 so he will only get better in years to come.
So even though Carlos Correa will not be a Met and some Mets fans may find that disappointing, I think the Mets are set up nicely at the hot corner over at third base. They have Eduardo Escobar for at least one more season and Bret Baty should take a big step forward in his second year. Also, they have many other utility players like Luis Guillorme and Jeff McNeil who can fill the void at third base if needed. The future is still very bright over in New York.