What was your favorite moment of Carlos Correa's tenure as a San Francisco Giant?
How about as a New York Met?
Ever since Correa's failed deal with the Giants turned into him "signing" with the Mets, there's been radio silence from both player and organization.
Many around the industry have said that now it's the Mets' turn to express concerns over Correa's physical, putting yet another hold on his finding a new home for the next decade-plus.
The Giants got cold feet when they found something in Correa's medical records that concerned them but all reports to this point have been that this injury was pre-Major League Baseball. Now the Mets are seeing something similar with a past surgery Correa had on his right leg, although it is a different injury than the one the Giants saw.
So, I have to ask the question, Blue Jays fans. You know I have to.
If this radio silence does indeed mean that there is no deal between the Mets and Correa, could Ross Atkins and Co. swoop in and pull off the impossible?
In short, the answer is yes.
With the Competitive Balance Tax (CBT, also known as "luxury tax") threshold set at $233M around the league, multiple clubs entered the offseason expected to surpass that mark and then some. No team has done more spending so far than, you guessed it, the Mets. With the signings of Kevin Kiermaier and Chris Bassitt, the Jays went over the CBT for the first time in club history.
For more information on the CBT, refer to Charles Kime's piece from October on the specifics.
So the question here is not a matter of why but a matter of why not? If the Jays are looking to be as aggressive as they've said they'd like to be in free agency, why not go after the biggest fish on the market, even after multiple teams grew nervous around his physical?
All of this drama just feels like it's headed toward Correa being forced to sign a short-term deal in an effort to get his payday but also prove his health. I've seen some theories floating around the internet suggesting that he could take a one or two-year deal that would allow him to re-enter free agency at the age of 30.
One of these contracts would be perfect for the Blue Jays, who will also likely face stiff competition from the Twins, Correa's club last season that has been very interested in bringing him back for another go.
The fit on the roster seems pretty easy to spot for someone of Correa's stature. Bo Bichette is the club's primary option at shortstop but hasn't been a great defender there. He would likely be asked to move to second base (or even center field, although a move to 2B would be easier) to accomodate Correa, who is a slick-fielding shortstop in his own right.
Then, of course, there's the bat. Correa, 28, has a career 129 OPS+ paired with 155 home runs and a .279 batting average in 888 contests. He has earned AL MVP votes on three separate occasions and is a two-time All-Star. He is one of the most dynamic players in the game of baseball and would be a huge boost to this club's lineup.
This is a very aggressive suggestion and it's difficult to even speculate anything when there's been no official news from the Mets' camp on their potential deal. Should history repeat itself and another deal falls through for Correa, the Jays should be waiting to strike.