Giants postpone Carlos Correa's introduction, reportedly due to issue during physical

The San Francisco Giants were scheduled to have a news conference Tuesday, presumably to introduce their new shortstop, Carlos Correa, but they postponed the event several hours before it was to take place. The team didn't say why the news conference was postponed, but according to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press, the Giants delayed the event due to an unspecified medical concern that came up during Correa's physical.

The Giants reportedly agreed with Correa on a blockbuster 13-year, $350 million deal on Dec. 13, but they have yet to say a peep about the contract. That's presumably why the news conference was listed as media availability and why the Giants sent an uncharacteristically short email to announce the postponement.

Correa, 28, has a triple slash of .279/.357/.467 in eight major-league seasons. He won a World Series ring with the Houston Astros in 2017 and was part of the cheating scandal that subsequently led to the firing and suspension of manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow. Correa hit free agency in 2021 following two solid but unspectacular seasons in Houston and signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Twins for the 2022 season, hoping to rebuild some of his value and land a long-term deal this winter.

The gambit worked. Assuming the deal goes through as is, Correa's contract would be the largest in Giants history, the most money ever committed to a shortstop and the most any team has ever spent on an outside free agent. It would be the fourth-largest contract overall in MLB history.

If the Giants have a genuine medical concern about Correa, it's possible the two parties could renegotiate the contract for a different amount of money and/or years. It's also possible that this is just a temporary delay and things eventually continue as planned for Correa and the Giants.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 05: Carlos Correa #4 of the Minnesota Twins looks on against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on October 05, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Carlos Correa's introductory news conference with the Giants was postponed, reportedly due to a medical concern. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)