Correspondent Lee Dae-ho = Carlos Correa (28), who is evaluated as the best shortstop in the American professional baseball Major League (MLB) career, hit the jackpot with a super-large contract.
ESPN reported on the 14th (Korean time) that Correa has agreed to a 13-year, $350 million (453.2 billion won) contract with the San Francisco Giants.
This is the second highest amount in the free agent market in terms of total amount following the nine-year total of $360 million (475 billion won) that Aaron Judge signed while remaining with the New York Yankees earlier this month.
Selected by the Houston Astros with the first overall pick in the 2012 MLB draft, he debuted in the big leagues in 2015 and won the American League Rookie of the Year with a batting average of 0.279, 22 homers and 14 steals.
He continued to play as a top-notch shortstop with offensive power, and even earned a World Series championship ring in 2017.
Correa, a ‘tall shortstop’ with a height of 193 cm, posted a career batting average of 0.279 in 8 seasons, 933 hits, 155 homers, and 553 RBIs. 스포츠토토
Correa, who became a free agent at the end of last year, set a goal of $300 million, but was ignored by the market and signed a three-year, $105.3 million contract with the Minnesota Twins.
The contract with Minnesota included an opt-out option every year (the contract can be suspended depending on the player’s intention), and Correa, who hit 22 homers with a batting average of 0.291 this year, came back to the free agent market.
As a result, Correa, who had a great success by choosing ‘FA’, became the 7th player in MLB history to exceed $300 million in free agency contracts.
Correa emerged as the league’s representative ‘villain’ by showing no reflection on Houston’s sign-stealing scandal that turned the major leagues upside down.
He mocked Mike Fiers for revealing that Houston’s World Series win in 2017 was the result of sign stealing, and he drew criticism for responding sarcastically to players who criticized him.
As a result, with Correa stepping up and taking the blame, the rest of Houston’s players are relatively free from controversy.