Matthew Tallarini, Chief Correspondent, World Baseball Network
Dec. 15, 2022
When you can’t get the judge to agree, you’ll have to make another argument.
The San Francisco Giants did just that, making their case to free agent shortstop Carlos Correa, who agree to a 13-year, $350 million deal. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported the agreement first.
The $350 million deal is the biggest contract by total value ever for a shortstop, topping the $341 million deal Francisco Lindor received from the New York Mets and the $340 million deal Fernando Tatis, Jr. got from the San Diego Padres. Outfielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels still holds the highest value contract in major league history, with $426.5 million deal, with Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers at $365 million right behind him. Aaron Judge’s recent deal with the New York Yankees was worth $360 million over nine years.
Correa batted .291 with 22 home runs and 64 RBI, playing 136 games last year with the Minnesota Twins. The Ponce, Puerto Rico-native played seven seasons with the Houston Astros, winning the 2015 A.L. Rookie of the Year and the 2017 World Series during his tenure there.