It all started when Carlos Correa seemingly signed a 13 year/$350 million deal with the San Francisco Giants. It was a done deal... and then it wasn't when they found something wrong with his old knee injury. Just like that the deal was off, and the New York Mets and Steve Cohen swooped in and signed him for 12 years/$315 million. Remarkably, that deal has been stopped due to the same exact issue. What is going on?! It seems that the Mets didn't give up on signing Correa, but what ahppens next?
How does the Carlos Correa situation affect the Miami Marlins?
Carlos Correa would be helping the New York Mets quite a it if he actually finalizes his contract with them. Even if the contract ends up being for less money and for less years, it will be a huge deal for the Miami Marlins' division rivals. There are concerns beyond the leg injury of course, there's the fact that he'll be tasked with switching positions. He's an elite defensive SS, so it seems somewhat odd to make him move to third base, but there's no other way for them to fit him in the lineup.
Carlos Correa signing with the New York Mets becomes a big deal for them in an off-season. Rafael Devers and Manny Machado are expected to hit the free agent market and are both more traditional third basemen than Correa. Devers is terrible defensively and there has been talk of moving him to a different position, but the bat is superior to Correa's. Machado is both a good defender and hitter at third base. It seems unlike the Mets to pass on both of those stud hitters.
Carlos Correa batted .291/.366/.467 with 22 HR and 64 RBI in 2022. Rafael Devers batted .295/.358/521 with 27 HR and 88 RBI. Manny Machado batted .298/.366/.531 with 32 HR and 102 RBI. The latter two are unlikely to join the New York Mets unless the Correa deal indeed falls apart.
So how does the situation look like for the Miami Marlins? It would be best if Carlos Correa ended up signing with the New York Mets. His defense won't be as valuable, he likely won't stay healthy (in fact he was injury-prone early in his career), and they won't be able to sign Machado or Devers.