The New York Mets shocked the world in the middle of the night by signing Carlos Correa to a 12-year $315 million dollar deal after his 13-year deal with the Giants fell through when a medical red flag was raised during his physical.
Correa is now the Mets third baseman for the next 12 years. That's something we threw the idea about before he signed after the Mets appeared to be interested but never really deemed it possible. We've learned nothing is impossible when you have an owner like Steve Cohen in charge. What a time to be alive.
Last offseason the Mets signed Eduardo Escobar to a two-year deal including a club option for a third. Escobar was the everyday third baseman for the 2021 season and struggled for most of it but really turned it on in September.
What does the Carlos Correa signing mean for Eduardo Escobar and his future with the Mets?
Escobar was likely going to be in a third base platoon to begin the year. Brett Baty, the Mets number two prospect and one of the top 20 prospects in baseball, was called up last season amidst Escobar's struggles and took the reigns at third base but suffered a torn UCL in his right thumb that ended his season and gave Escobar his job back.
Baty was going to get a majority of the reps at third against right handed pitching most likely. This left Escobar as a platoon guy against the hand he performed well against this past season.
Now with Correa on board, Escobar's role is way more up in the air. He has experience at all four infield positions, but is really a third baseman. He could stay in a utility infield role but the Mets already have Luis Guillorme who can play second base third base and shortstop at an elite level.
The likely outcome for Escobar is he wears another jersey on Opening Day. Maybe he can go in a Liam Hendriks trade? The Mets could use a reliever, Escobar and his two years of control should help them land one. Despite his struggles he's still serviceable at third base and can carry an offense when he gets hot.
Escobar was really nice to have on the team and seems to be a great clubhouse presence but I'd be very surprised if he's on the roster on Opening Day.