January 28, 2023

San Francisco Giants agree to 13-year, $350 million contract with Carlos Correa

Shortstop Carlos Correa and the San Francisco Giants are in agreement on a 13-year, $350 million contract, a source familiar with the deal told ESPN.

The deal comes with a full no-trade clause but does not include any waivers, the source said. The Giants’ franchise player in Korea, who turned down $160 million from Houston last year, earned $35.1 million in his year in Minnesota, making him the most money ever for an infielder.

It is the fourth-largest contract in MLB history by total value Mike Trout$426.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels; Mookie BetsLos Angeles Dodgers and a $365 million contract Aaron Judge$360 million with the New York Yankees. 13 years is the longest contract for a free agent, tying Bryce HarborA 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The 28-year-old Correa’s free-agent path was 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 contract with the Minnesota Twins. Out after the first season. This winter, Korea found a market worth $300 million Tree Turner and $280 million Xander Bogaerts The second-biggest contract behind Aaron Judge’s nine-year, $360 million contract with the New York Yankees was too much for his liking.

In his one season with the Twins, 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, Correa is considered one of the game’s best defensive shortstops and turned in his fourth season with five-plus hits.

Because Correa’s position, age and productivity — regular season and postseason — made him one of the highest-paid players in baseball, the Giants paid him like a superstar. Before Correa, the last player the Giants signed to a $100 million contract was pitcher Johnny Cueto, who received a six-year, $130 million deal in December 2015.

After going to the Houston Astros as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft, greatness was predetermined for Correa. He shot through the Astros organization and debuted at age 20 in 2015, winning 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 To reach the big leagues, Houston moved on from Korea, whose free agent market never materialized after an early dalliance with Detroit, and he signed a $105.3 million contract with the Twins, for which he was paid $35.1 million. million in 2022.

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 battles — only Mike Trout, Mookie Bets, 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 WAR 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 outs above average metric puts him among 20% ​​of shortstops this season, while the defensive runs saved is slightly above average. At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Correa is one of the biggest shortstops in the game, where he has played in 881 career games.

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 or misses it in back-to-back seasons for the first time in his career.