And last night, San Francisco landed one of the biggest free agents still out on the market, signing star shortstop Carlos Correa to a 13-year, $350 million contract.
Correa was a free agent last offseason and signed a three-year deal with the Minnesota Twins.
The 28-year-old ultimately opted out after year one.
The slugger hit .291 with 22 home runs and 64 RBI during the regular season.
On Twitter, ESPN’s Jeff Passan described how Correa bet on himself with a short-term contract in Minnesota and ultimately won big.
The San Francisco Giants get their franchise player in Carlos Correa, who turned down $160 million from Houston last year, got $35.1 million in his year in Minnesota and now gets the most money ever for a shortstop. Correa bet on himself and was rewarded for it.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 14, 2022
Correa Rewards Himself With Large Deal
The veteran shortstop turned down $160 million from the Houston Astros before departing for the Twins in free agency.
Correa earned $35.1 million in 2022.
In the end, Correa cashed in on a large deal, which ultimately makes him the highest-paid shortstop of all time.
San Francisco also was in desperate need of another big bat.
With Correa in the fold, their lineup has grown even stronger after the addition of Mitch Haniger.
The Giants will likely have both Correa and Joc Pederson fill the No. 3 and 4 spots in their lineup.
Now, they’ll look to try and retain left-hander Carlos Rodon, who remains a free agent.
Correa bet on himself and ended up making a fortune.
The Giants now have somebody to build around.