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

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The San Francisco Giants have landed the best shortstop in the free agent market. Carlos Correa and the Giants have agreed on a massive 13-year $350 million contract, CBS Sports HQ’s Jim Bowden confirmed. The off-season was filled with big shortstop signings following Trea Turner to the Phillies and Xander Bogaerts to the Padres. Dansby Swanson remains on the market.

Correa, who turned 28 in September, spent 2022 with the Minnesota Twins on what amounted to a one-year contract worth $35.1 million with a two-year $70.2 million insurance policy in case his performance deteriorated or he catastrophic injury. Neither happened and Correa canceled his contract after the season and made a huge profit this winter. His new deal with the Giants is the largest ever for a shortstop and the largest ever for a former No. 1 overall draft pick. Overall, Correa’s $350 million pact is the fourth-biggest deal for an MLB player, behind 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.

The Houston Astros longtime shortstop slashed .291/.366/.467 with 22 home runs in 136 games coming off a finger contusion (hit by a pitch) and a stint on the COVID list. His defense, which has been historically excellent, took a beating from the various stats, but overall remained above average. Correa has averaged 7.2 WAR per 162 games in his career. That’s superstar production. With a total of 39.5 WAR during his 27-year campaign, Correa could also be on a Hall of Fame track.

Our RJ Anderson ranked Correa as the third best free agent available this offseason behind only Aaron Judge and Jacob deGrom. Here’s his description:

In the past we’ve referenced Bill James’s theory that it’s better for a player’s perception if they start well rather than finish well — that way, James once reasoned, their statline looks better for longer . Correa may be proof of theory at work. He started slowly, homering only once in April and producing a depressed statline that lingered into the summer, leading people to think he was having a bad year even as he picked up his game over the course of the summer. Check out his Baseball Reference page as the leaves fall and you’ll notice that his OPS+ was higher in 2022 than in 2021, a good enough season 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 longtime franchisee Brandon Crawford to this base. Correa’s bat will greatly improve a Giants offense that last season ranked seventh in runs scored and eighth in OPS.

The Correa deal is a much-needed splash for Giants president of baseball operation Farhan Zaidi, who missed Judge earlier this offseason.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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