The Chicago Cubs may have avoided a disaster with shortstop Carlos Correa. After a massive turn of events in which the San Francisco Giants called off the press conference to introduce Carlos Correa as a Giant, the deal has fallen through. A late-night-breaking tweet from Jon Heyman reported the breaking news of Carlos Correa signing with the New York Mets on a 12-year, $315.0MM deal.
Heyman also reports that Correa will be playing third base for the Mets, not planning to move Francisco Lindor away from shortstop. The Met's payroll drastically approached north of $400.0MM, a historical marker that's never been seen before in Baseball. The San Francisco Giants have not commented to this point yet, but for a team that was high on Aaron Judge and thought they had signed Correa, you can only imagine the frustration mounting in Northern California. More details will continue to surface throughout the morning.
Correa joins an already stacked roster that consists of Francisco Lindor, Pete Alonso, Brandon Nimmo, and Starling Marte. Not to mention two future Hall of Famers, Max Scherzer, and Justin Verlander. The top three teams in the AL East will throw haymakers all year. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Giants just got snubbed so severely that, on paper, a potential playoff spot may have opened up in the form of a Wild Card. Though the offseason certainly is far from over, the Giants losing Correa allows the Cubs to beef up their lineup, perhaps in the form of Michael Conforto and Trey Mancini, to further bolster their chances of backdooring themselves into October baseball.