Carlos Correa has found a long-term home. The superstar shortstop has reportedly agreed to a whopping 13-year, $350 million deal with the San Francisco Giants.
The reported terms would make this the largest deal in Giants history, the largest amount of money ever committed to a shortstop, and the most a team has ever paid an outfield free agent. In MLB history, only Mike Trout ($426.5 million), Mookie Betts ($365 million) and Aaron Judge ($360 million) have been guaranteed more in a contract.
Correa would be 41 at the end of the deal.
A prominent member of the nucleus of the Houston Astros that won the 2017 World Series and tarnished the team’s legacy with an illegal sign theft scheme, Correa originally achieved free agency during the aborted bonanza of the game lockout. last winter. Not finding a long-term deal to his liking, he shocked the baseball world by accepting a three-year, $105 million offer from the Minnesota Twins that allows him to sit out this winter and join another loaded shortstop class along with Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson.
Meanwhile, Correa posted another strong season — hitting .291 with 22 homers and 140 OPS+ in 136 games, most among star shortstops on the market — and garnered rave reviews for the game-winning attention he brought to All Twins organization. “He has the highest standards of excellence,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli told Yahoo Sports’ Hannah Keyser. “You cannot expect more from yourself and your group than him. And he affects everyone, it affects me too.
As potential shortstops in the franchise go by, it’s hard to find a better prototype than Correa, still only 28. His A-Rod-style body holds the most physical potential—and portends the most long-term stability—of this foursome. offseason. The maximum exit speeds of him are the highest. His defensive short work is actually the most consistent of the bunch, and his upper arm will allow him to move to third base more easily. The biggest blow is a penchant for minor but lingering injuries, but as of 2019, he hasn’t missed out on a whole lot.
Some might point to a blot on his time with the Astros, but Correa stood out amidst scrutiny as a leader who could speak out the club’s mistakes and chart a winning path forward.
Correa’s deal will no doubt be compared to Corey Seager’s $325 million 10-year deal with the Texas Rangers, signed last year, and Turner’s final deal.