The San Francisco Giants have finally found someone to take their money. Poetically, it’s the player who hasn’t been able to convince a team to sign him in over 365 days.
Michael Conforto has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $36 million deal with the Giants. It must be clarified — shout out to the six-day long Giant Carlos Correa — that the deal is not yet official and is pending a physical.
Conforto spent his entire seven-year career with the Mets, however, the outfielder didn’t play anywhere last season as he was unsigned in free agency due to recovering from shoulder surgery.
Conforto owns a career .255/.356/.468 slashline with 132 homers — 28 homers per 162 games — and 396 RBI. The 29-year-old was an All-Star in 2017 where he posted a career-high .939 OPS.
The Mets were linked to Conforto for a potential reunion — prior to their stunning snag of Carlos Correa — as the Amazin’s were seeking to upgrade their offense. The outfielder was also rumored to be a potential target of the Yankees to fill their left field vacancy with a potential gamble on the left-hand hitting Conforto.
After whiffing on Aaron Judge and getting cold feet on a Correa deal due to an ankle injury from 2014, the Giants opted for the guy who hasn’t played major league baseball in over a year at a commitment of $18M in terms of AAV.
Farhan Zaidi and the Giants have had an eventful offseason. However, if Conforto can prove to stay healthy and produce close to the levels of his career numbers, it will seem as a bargain. If not, well, there’s always next offseason.