MLB rumors: Carlos Correa’s Mets deal remains in limbo; Giants sign one reliever, trade another to Phillies

We’re still over a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting to camp in Florida and Arizona, but it’s not much more than that. One important item from the offseason remains, and we’ll get to that in a second. The week began with news that former Braves general manager John Coppolella has been reinstated despite being slapped with a “permanent ban” from baseball for a touch over five years ago.

For the rest of the news and rumors of the day, let’s round it up.

Correa deal in process, not ‘nourishing’

The status of free agent shortstop (or third baseman) Carlos Correa remains up in the air. His negotiated deal with the Giants fell through a few weeks ago, and he subsequently agreed to terms with the Mets on a 12-year contract worth $315 million, though the same medical concerns have left this one in limbo. Here is one more detailed overview of how things have unfolded.

At the moment we are all still waiting. Jim Bowden of CBS Sports HQ reported Monday afternoon that the Mets and Correa “continue to progress” toward completing a deal, although nothing is “tentative.”

Meanwhile, the baseball world continues to wait.

Giants signed reliever

The Giants have agreed to a two-year deal with right-handed reliever Luke Jackson that includes a third-year option, the club announced Monday.

Jackson, 31, missed all of last season due to having Tommy John surgery last April. As such, he is likely to open this season on the injured list, but could return shortly thereafter.

In 2021, Jackson had a 1.98 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with 70 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings. He also pitched very well in nine of his 11 postseason appearances en route to the Braves winning the World Series, although two meltdown outings in the NLCS marred his stat line.

With the presence of closer Camilo Doval, the Rogers brothers (left Taylor and right Tyler) and John Brebbia, Jackson likely won’t be thrust into a high impact role when he leaves IL.

Giants, Phillies make trade

The Giants have acquired left-hander Erik Miller, while the Phillies are getting right-hander Yunior Marté, the teams announced.

Miller, 24, was a fourth-round pick out of Stanford in 2019 and made the Futures Game last year. In 32 appearances between Double-A and Triple-A last season, he posted a 3.54 ERA and 1.45 WHIP with 62 strikeouts and 31 walks in 48 1/3 innings.

Marté, 27, appeared in 39 games at the big league level last season for San Francisco. He had a 5.44 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 44 strikeouts with 22 walks in 48 innings.

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