Carlos Correa signs with the Giants

The San Francisco Giants landed the best shortstop in the free agent market. Carlos Correa and the Giants have agreed to a whopping 13-year contract worth $350 million, confirms Jim Bowden of CBS Sports HQ. The offseason has been filled with major shortstop signings, following Trea Turner to the Phillies and Xander Bogaerts to the Padres. Dansby Swanson remains in 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 70.2 insurance policy. million dollars over two years in case his performance falters or he suffers a catastrophic injury. Neither happened and Correa opted out of his contract after the season and took in huge wins that winter. His new contract 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 deal is the fourth-largest contract for an MLB player, behind only Mike Trout’s $426.5 million extension with the Angels, the $365 million extension Mookie Betts’ dollars with the Dodgers and Aaron Judge’s recent $360 million contract with the Yankees.

The longtime Houston Astros shortstop is down .291/.366/.467 with 22 homers in 136 games around a bruised finger (hit by a pitch) and a stint on the COVID roster. His historically splendid defense took a hit in the eyes of various stats, but remained above average overall. Correa has averaged 7.2 WARS for 162 games during his career. This is superstar production. With a total of 39.5 WAR during his campaign at age 27, Correa could also be on a Hall of Fame trail.

Our RJ Anderson rated Correa the third best free agent available this offseason behind only Aaron Judge and Jacob deGrom. Here is his wording:

In the past we’ve referenced Bill James’ theory that it’s better for a player’s perception if they start hot rather than finish hot – in this way, James once reasoned, their statline looks better longer. Correa may be proof of the theory at work. He started off slow, making just one home run in April and producing a depressed stat line that extended into the summer, leading people to believe he had a slack year even as he resumed his game during the summer. Check out his Baseball-Reference page now that the leaves are falling and you’ll notice his OPS+ was higher in 2022 than in 2021, a season good enough to earn him the No. 1 spot on our free agent rankings last winter.

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

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

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