SF Giants postpone Carlos Correa press conference due to "medical issue"

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The SF Giants were preparing to announce the Carlos Correa signing on Tuesday but the festivities hit a bit of a snag. According to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press, a medical issue was flagged during Correa's physical.

SF Giants postpone Carlos Correa press conference due to "medical issue"

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle confirmed that whatever was flagged during the physical was not related to his back. Correa has been placed on the injured list seven times in his career. Some of that time was due to a nagging back issue.

San Francisco had to delay the press conference without much of an explanation. This, of course, led to speculation as to what might be causing the postponement. Later in the day, it was confirmed that the delay was due to an issue that arose during the physical.

Blum went on KNBR to discuss the next steps while adding that it is not uncommon for contracts to be agreed to even after an issue emerges during a physical:

""In most cases in a situation like this, the [agent] and team would work together to get past the issue. He wouldn’t go out and open up the marketplace again, absent exhausting trying to resolve this... If the Giants are worried about guaranteeing 13 years, they could put in something where perhaps the guarantee is conditioned on ‘x medically.’ Or you could have a re-opener if ‘x happens’. But you can put in these conditions that work through an issue that’s of concern.”"

Ronald Blum

The right-handed bat is coming off of a stellar campaign where he registered a .291/.366/.467 line (140 OPS+) with 22 home runs, 64 RBI, and 70 runs in 590 plate appearances. This included a 10.3 percent walk rate against a 20.5 percent strikeout rate.

Correa is not just a good hitter, but he flashes a solid glove as well. He was worth +3 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS), +1.0 Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR), and -3 Outs Above Average (OAA) with the Minnesota Twins last year.

Unfortunately, Correa agreed to a 12-year, $325 deal with the New York Mets on Tuesday night.