Major League Baseball free agency has now spent nearly $3 billion. Incredible.
The San Francisco Giants and shortstop Carlos Correa have agreed on a record-breaking 13-year, $350 million deal, which is the highest-paid contract ever in the history of the position, according to ESPN. Also, the Giants apparently view Correa as a franchise player, and plan on building their team around him.
Correa’s lengthy deal ties Bryce Harper’s 13-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, which he signed for $330 million in 2019. The only difference between the two is Correa’s being paid $20 million more overall. Like Harper, Correa also had a full no-trade clause placed into his contract, which features no opt-outs.
Correa’s deal is second behind Aaron Judge in terms of value — Judge signed a nine-year, $360 million contract with the New York Yankees on Dec. 7. In the history of baseball, it exceeds both the massive $341 million deal Francisco Lindor landed with the New York Mets, as well as the $340 million contract Fernando Tatis Jr. received from the San Diego Padres. The only contracts to top Correa’s are Judge’s, Mike Trout’s $426.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels and Mookie Betts’ $365 million payday from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Good morning, Carlos Correa gets to torment the Dodgers for 13 years now pic.twitter.com/4vWnfw3z4F
— Michael Schwab (@michaelschwab13) December 14, 2022
When I got over the initial amount of the deal and calculated how much money has been spent this offseason — which is nearly $3 billion — I breathed a sigh of relief. And that was because of the New York Mets’ interest in Carlos Correa, which I was absolutely terrified about. I swear, I thought they were going to land him.
Better the Dodgers deal with him for 13 years than my Braves — screw that.
Mets showing interest in Carlos Correa. Story with @DanHayesMLB and @ByMcCullough: https://t.co/fyJkRAKYp4
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 14, 2022
And, holy hell, how rich is that guy Scott Boras (MLB super-agent) now?
First, Boras orchestrated the massive 11-year, $280 million deal with Xander Bogaerts, and now here he is with the Correa contract. I just looked up Boras’ net worth, too: $450 million. (RELATED: The Atlanta Braves Acquire Sean Murphy In A Three-Way Trade That Makes Zero Sense)
So basically, this dude is almost halfway to being a billionaire, and you know those two deals will push him up even further. I was expecting his net worth to be a lot, but damn, Boras really is out here killing the game.
What a sexy business baseball is.