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Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Shortstop Carlos Correa and the San Francisco Giants are in agreement on a 13-year, $350 million contract

Shortstop Carlos Correa and the San Francisco Giants are in agreement on a 13-year, $350 million contract.

The Giants finally got their superstar.

After coming up short in their pursuit of the reigning American League MVP, the Giants won the Carlos Correa sweepstakes, agreeing to a 13-year, $350 million deal with the star shortstop, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. The deal has no opt-out and a full no-trade clause. The club has not confirmed the move.

Earlier on Tuesday evening, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported that the Mets were entering the fray for Correa, likely driving the Giants to move quickly to get this deal done. The Twins were also among the final teams involved in talks.Correa’s arrival will usher in a new era for the Giants, who had been looking for a new face of the franchise following the retirement of Buster Posey in 2021 and were in the mix for Aaron Judge before he agreed to return to the Yankees. Correa’s megadeal easily ranks as the biggest contract in club history, surpassing the nine-year, $167 million extension Posey signed in March 2013. It also exceeded Francisco Lindor's $341 million deal for the largest shortstop contract by total value and tied Bryce Harper for the longest free-agent contract in history.

When Correa opted out of the final two years of the three-year, $105.3 million deal he signed with the Twins before the 2022 season, it came as no surprise, because he'd been clear all along that he was looking for a long-term commitment to -- and from -- a franchise that he could call home and help to develop for the remainder of his career.

He didn't find that in Minnesota -- but he has now found that home in San Francisco.On the field, he was the same, steady Correa who anchored the left side of Houston's infield for the first seven seasons of his career -- and in some ways better. In the difficult hitting environment of 2022, he posted his highest batting average since '17, hitting .291/.366/.467 with 22 homers and 24 doubles, helping him match last year’s offensive bWAR of 5.2.

And even as part of a loaded shortstop class that also featured Trea Turner, Dansby Swanson and Xander Bogaerts, Correa's bat stood out -- he led all qualified shortstops in wRC+ last season.

In fact, Correa's 39.5 career WAR marks the sixth most in AL/NL history by a primary shortstop through eight seasons -- just behind Nomar Garciaparra and Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. Correa is on quite the impressive career path -- and he's still only 28, with plenty of his prime remaining.

The Padres! I mean, probably not, but who knows with GM A.J. Preller? In all seriousness, I'll break the three-way tie with my teammates and say the Giants. They have a lot -- A LOT -- of money burning a hole in their pocket after losing Judge and leaving this offseason without a star bat would be a disappointment. I think San Francisco's ownership is willing to go to a place financially that Minnesota's will not, then the Giants will simply outbid the Cubs. It's the Giants for me, narrowly edging out the Cubs. As for the contract, I'll go with 12 years at $32 million per year ($384 million total).

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