Shortstop Carlos Correa And the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a 13-year, $350 million contract, a record-long deal that would be the richest ever for the position and the team plans to develop a franchise-type player, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.
The 28-year-old Correa’s free-agent path has been much shorter than last year, when he entered the market hoping to land a $300 million-plus deal but ended up signing a short-term deal with the Minnesota Twins. Out after the first season. This season, Korea found a market that grossed $300 million Tree Turner and $280 million Xander Bogaerts Much to his liking, and he is the second largest contract, behind Aaron JudgeA nine-year, $360 million contract with the New York Yankees.
13 years of relationship Bryce HarborA $330 million contract was signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in March 2019, and, like Harper, Correa received a full no-trade clause and no opt-outs, according to sources. $350 million exceeds the $341 million shortstop Francisco Lindor Acquired from the New York Mets and $340 million for the shortstop Fernando Tadis Jr With the San Diego Padres. And in baseball history, only Mike Trout$426.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels; Mookie Bets$365 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and exceeds Judge’s value.
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About a year after rejecting a five-year, $160 million contract with the Houston Astros, Correa blossomed into a star, earning $35.1 million in one season he spent with the Twins. million before opting out of the final two years of his contract. In his one season with Minnesota, Correa hit .291/.366/.467 with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs in 136 games. Although he didn’t match his Platinum Glove-winning 2021 campaign, Correa is considered one of the game’s best defensive shortstops, recording his fourth straight season with more than 5.0 wins, according to Baseball-Reference.com.
The Giants paid him like a superstar because Correa’s position, age and productivity — regular season and postseason — convinced them to make him one of the highest-paid players in baseball. Before Correa, the Giants were the last pitcher to sign a $100 million-plus contract Johnny CuetoHe signed a six-year, $130 million contract in December 2015.
At baseball’s winter meetings, the Giants looked to sign Judge, the American League MVP. But the Yankees raised their offer to the $40 million-a-year cap, and Judge agreed to stay in New York. And with Turner and Bogarts out of the fold, Correa and the former Atlanta shortstop’s chances of signing a foundation player have dwindled. Dansby Swanson.
Since retirement Buster Posey After the 2021 season, the Giants have been looking for a new star since the early 2010s, when San Francisco won three World Series, and before that, when Barry Bonds Dazzling sales meetings at night. Korea has the poise and talent to be that.player War Alex Rodriguez 63.6 Robin Yount 44.7 Cal Ripken Jr 43.6 Carlos Correa 39.5 — SS First Age-27 Season (Since 1961) — ESPN Stats & Info
Greatness was a foregone conclusion after he went to the Astros as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft. He shot through the organization and debuted at age 20 in 2015, winning AL Rookie of the Year. In his second season, Correa was one of the best players in baseball, and in 2017 he helped the Astros win their first World Series title, hitting five home runs and driving in 14 runs in 18 postseason games.
The Astros reached the American League Championship Series in 2018 and the World Series in 2019, and Correa was a cornerstone of their success. But it was revealed in November 2019 that Houston had used a sign-stealing scheme during their championship season, destroying the title and slamming Correa, who had been outspoken in defending the team.
Korea’s impressive performance continued unabated. He was one of the best players in the 2020 postseason and was again good in 2021, pushing his career to .272/.344/.505 with 18 home runs and 59 RBIs in 79 games. With short-term expectations Jeremy Pena Before reaching the big leagues, however, Houston moved on from Korea, whose free agent market never materialized after an early skirmish with Detroit that led to him signing a three-year, $105.3 million contract with the Twins.
In Minnesota, Correa quickly became the clubhouse leader, and in his final 120 games he hit .307/.381/.496 with 21 home runs. The Twins hoped he would return, but felt his market was unlikely to break beyond 2021.
In his eight-year career, Correa has compiled nearly 40 rWAR — the only Trout, Betts, Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt And Manny Machado Had a career line of .279/.357/.479 with 155 home runs and 553 RBIs in 888 games in one stretch. His 12.6 defensive ERA ranks fourth behind Andrelton Simmons. Kevin Kiermaier And Arenado.
How long Correa stays at shortstop was a question many executives raised during his free agency. The strikeouts above average metric put him among 20% of shortstops last season. At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Correa is one of the game’s biggest players at shortstop, where he has made 881 home runs in his career.
Wherever Correa throws his gauntlet, his bat will determine whether the megadeal wins. And in the short term, it could help determine whether Correa reaches the postseason again — this time with the Giants, who won the National League West in 2021 but finished 81-81 this year — or, for the first time in his career, misses it in back-to-back seasons.