January 31, 2023

Carlos Correa signs with Giants: Star free agent lands in San Francisco on 13-year, $350 million deal

The San Francisco Giants The best shortstop on the free agent market has landed. Carlos Correa and the Giants have agreed to a massive 13-year contract worth $350 million, Jim Bowden of CBS Sports HQ confirms. The offseason was filled with major shortstop signings following Trea Turner Phillies And to Xander Bogaerts Padres. Dansby Swanson remains on the market.

Correa, who turned 28 in September, spent 2022 Minnesota Twins A one-year deal worth $35.1 million comes with a two-year, $70.2 million insurance policy in case his performance falters or a disaster strikes him. Neither happened, and Correa opted out of his contract after the season and received big money this winter. His rookie contract with the Giants is the largest for a shortstop and the largest for a former No. 1 overall draft pick. Overall, Correa’s $350 million contract is the fourth-largest for an MLB player, trailing Mike Trout’s $426.5 million extension with the Angels, Mookie Betts’ $365 million extension with the Dodgers and Aaron Judge’s recent $360 million deal with the Yankees.

A long time Houston Astros The shortstop hit .291/.366/.467 with 22 home runs in 136 games despite a finger contusion (hit by a pitch) and a spot on the covid list. His defense, historically, was successful from a variety of statistical standpoints, but overall was above average. Correa has averaged 7.2 WAR over 162 games in his career. It is a superstar production. With 39.5 tackles total through his age-27 campaign, Correa could be on the Hall of Fame track as well.

Our R.J. Andersen rated Correa as the third-best free agent available this offseason Behind Aaron Judge and Jacob deGrom. Here is his post:

In the past, we’ve mentioned Bill James’ theory that it’s better for a player to start hot than finish hot — that way, James once reasoned, their statline will be better in the long run. Correa may be proof of the theory at work. He got off to a slow start, hitting just one home run in April and putting together a depressing statline that carried over into the summer, leading people to believe he was down for a year even though he picked up his game in the summer. Check out his baseball-reference page now that the leaves are falling, and you’ll notice that his OPS+ was higher in 2022 than in 2021, enough to earn him the top spot in our free-agent rankings last winter.

In San Francisco, Correa will presumably take over at shortstop and bump franchise stalwart Brandon Crawford to the base. Correa’s bat will significantly improve a Giants offense that ranked seventh in runs scored and eighth in OPS last season.

The Korea signing is a much-needed splash for Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, who previously missed Judge this offseason.