They may say the NBA is where the unbelievable occurs, but the MLB isn’t too far behind. There are often surprising transactions and overseas signings throughout the offseason.
Even this year didn’t break that pattern. You never know what’s going to happen in this league, what with the New York Mets signing Kodai Senga to a large contract and Cody Bellinger earning MVP-kind of money.
Even more so with Carlos Correa’s impromptu transfer to Queens at the last minute, this offseason has all the makings of being one of the wildest in recent memory. Given this, let’s examine the three deals that shocked people the most.
3. Xander Bogaerts
While it was not unexpected for Xander Bogaerts to have significant interest from many organizations, the fact that he signed with the San Diego Padres was stunning.
Spending large money on superstars is a clear step in the right way as the Padres aim to construct a contender. However, one has to consider whether this is really the best arrangement for both people involved.
2. Jacob deGrom
Generally speaking, opinions on Jacob deGrom were divided. The Mets had the support of 50 percent of those polled, while the Braves had the support of percent. So, it came as a surprise when the Texas Rangers came out of nowhere to sign the finest pitcher in baseball to a massive contract.
1. Carlos Correa
It was planned that the San Francisco Giants will formally welcome Carlos Correa to the team on Tuesday morning. Instead, he will join the New York Mets.
Correa’s 13-year, $350 million agreement with San Francisco fell through when a medical concern was discovered during his physical, which was discovered only hours before his planned introduction news conference in San Francisco. According to reports, the Mets came in during the night and agreed to a 12-year, $315 million contract with Correa.