20. San Francisco Giants
Had this list been published a few days ago, the Giants would have ranked fourth. The reason: Their new signee, shortstop Carlos Correa, was on board for 12 years and $350 million.
For reasons still to be revealed, that deal got hung up and then scrapped due to some aspect of Correa’s physical. Literally by daybreak he had pivoted to the Mets for fewer years and fewer dollars.
It comes on the heels of San Francisco’s near miss in the signing competition for Aaron Judge. He spurned San Francisco to resign with the Yankees, also for nine years and $360 million.
That means the Giants’ richest signee today is actually still the same guy it was a week ago. That would be Buster Posey. In 2013 he signed a nine-year, $167 million extension.
It not only leaves Posey with the franchise’s all-time richest contract, it also leaves Carlos Rodon, and his two-year, $44 million deal ($22 million AAV) as the richest in that category.
Both of those would have been easily washed away by either the Correa or Judge signings, had either happened. In that event, the Giants would have ranked fourth or higher on this list.
But because both fell through, San Francisco plummets a full 16 places on this list, all the way down to 20th.