Carlos Correa reportedly agrees to 13-year, $350m contract with Giants | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 21: Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa (4) doubles in the third inning during an MLB game between the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals on September 21, 2022 , at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO.  Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images),

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A year after waiting out the deal, Carlos Correa wasted no time finding a new home by agreeing to a deal with the San Francisco Giants.

By ESPN Jeff Passanthe 28-year-old will earn $350 million over 13 years from the Giants. Passan noted that it was the biggest contract in MLB history for a shortstop. Athleticism Ken Rosenthal also added that Correa’s deal is the fourth biggest deal in league history.

A two-time All-Star in his seven seasons with the Houston Astros, Correa appeared to be in contention for one of the biggest long-term deals in free agency last winter. He didn’t finally sign until March 22, when the Minnesota Twins presented him with a one-time deal.

Correa signed a three-year, $105.3 million contract with Minnesota that included opt-out options after each of the first two years.

Although the Twins limped to a disappointing 78-84 finish in 2022, Correa stood out in the lineup. The 28-year-old hit .291/.366/.467 with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs in 136 games.

After Minnesota’s home final on Sept. 29, the Puerto Rican strongly indicated he was inclined to retire, drawing a Dior analogy.

“When I go to the mall and I go to the Dior store, when I want something, I get it,” Correa told reporters. “I ask how much it costs, and I buy it. If you really want something, go get it. I’m the product here. If they want my product, they just have to come and get it.”

He formalized his decision on October 12.

“With the year I’ve had, my health and being at the best time of my career at 28, it’s the right decision,” Correa told the Puerto Rican newspaper. El Nuevo Dia (h/t Brian Murphy of MLB.com).

It’s rare for a player as young as Correa to strike twice in free agency. He turned 28 on September 22 and has already built a fantastic resume in Major League Baseball. He owns a .279/.357/.479 slant line with 155 homers in 888 career games.

Since his rookie season in 2015, he’s ranked fourth among all shortstops in FanGraphs wins over substitution (31.3) and tied for fifth in on-base scoring average (.357).

He struggled with injuries earlier in this career, including missing 192 games in total from 2017 to 2019.

Any worries about his durability have largely disappeared over the past three seasons. He had a stint on the injured list last season due to a bruised finger, but still played over 135 games for the second year in a row.

Giants bring in one of MLB’s most influential players. Correa is a dynamic hitter who also plays good defense at shortstop. However, it’s unclear at this time what San Francisco’s plan is with Brandon Crawford, who still has one year left on his contract.

Still, despite Aaron Judge’s absence, the Giants may have improved by getting Correa.

Even though Judge is the better player right now, Correa’s age and positional value give him the potential to be an MVP candidate for the early years of this deal.

It seemed obvious after Judge decided to return to the New York Yankees that San Francisco would cause a stir. The team has made it clear that they are willing to spend money based on their reported offer to the reigning American League MVP.

The Giants need to be aggressive right now if they’re going to have any chance of keeping pace with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres in National League West.

Correa may be an unstable player due to his injuries, but the upside is so big everyone in San Francisco should be cheering for this pivot to add one of MLB’s top shortstops after his initial plan didn’t work.

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