It’s not quite a knives-out situation yet, but we’ve definitely entered the public dueling phase of the Mets-Carlos Correa drama.
Yesterday, Jon Heyman reported that Correa’s agent, Scott Boras, had started reaching out to other teams after growing frustrated at how long the process of coming to an adjusted agreement is taking. Today, Andy Martino reports that the Mets are threatening to walk away from the deal:
Over the past few days, the Mets have grown “very frustrated” with Carlos Correa negotiations, in the words of one source with direct knowledge of the team’s thinking, and are now considering walking away altogether.
Idle threat? Probably. Martino goes on to cite sources who still think a deal will get done, and my gut tells me that this is just two sides – each with negotiating leverage and negotiating problems – flailing about, trying to get the best final term or two in a revised deal.
Ken Rosenthal has already indicated that, if and when the deal gets done, it will look “dramatically different” than the original 12-year, $315 million, fully-guaranteed contract. If that’s the case, then there are a lot of really important terms to fight about right now, and I presume we’re seeing some of the spillover.
Meanwhile, Jim Bowden says the Twins may try to slide back in: