veteran and outfielder Michael Conforto Negotiating two-year, $36MM deal, report Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY, Conforto will be able to opt out after the first season, per ESPN’s Buster Olney, The deal is pending a physical.
Conforto, 30 in March, was arguably the best upside play remaining on the free agent market based on his outstanding results from 2017 to 2020. However, it is not without risk for the Giants, as Conforto had a disappointing season in 2021 and then missed the entire 2022 season due to shoulder surgery.
In that 2017-2020 stretch, Conforto appeared in 467 games for the Mets and hit 97 home runs. His 24.4% strikeout rate was slightly above average but his 12.7% walk rate was well above par. His overall offensive results resulted in a .265/.369/.495 batting line, which was 33% above the league average as measured by WRC+. His 133 wRC+ was in the top 25 of all qualified hitters in baseball at the time.
In 2021, the Conforto’s production dipped, especially in the power department. He hit only 14 home runs in 125 games after hitting 27 or more in each of the previous three full seasons. He finished the year with a .232/.344/.384 slash, which was still slightly above average as his wRC+ was 106, but a noticeable drop-off from his previous form. Despite his decline that year, the Mets felt comfortable making him an eligible offer of $18.4MM and Conforto felt comfortable declining.
He went into free agency looking for a lucrative multi-year offer, but did not secure it before the December 1 lockout. He then injured his shoulder during training during that lockout and eventually required surgery. Given his attachment to the forfeiture draft, his precarious health condition and rejection of the qualifying offer that gave him any chance of securing a significant contract. Once the draft passed and he was no longer tied to any type of penalty, there were some rumors that teams considered signing him to a shorter deal, while hoping to aid in his shoulder stretch running. may have been fine enough to be considered, but it never materialized.
Conforto then entered this offseason as a high-risk, high-reward sport. He missed the entire season and is coming off a poor 2021, but before that was one of the best hitters in baseball. MLBTR predicted he would sign a one-year, $15MM deal, in hopes of proving his health and returning in free agency for a more lucrative deal a year from now. Conforto’s agent, Scott Boras, said his client would seek a two-year deal with an opt-out, which was the way he negotiated. carlos rodon And giants. The conditions were somewhat similar as Rodone was also an extremely talented player with health concerns. However, he was at least coming off a strong 2021 season when he secured a two-year, $44MM deal with the Giants, so it seemed likely that Conforto would settle for something lower given his greater uncertainty. Have to do Now that they have actually gotten the deal they were looking for, the Giants again proved willing to grant the team the desired opt-out. Conforto received fewer guarantees than Rodone expected, but did well enough for himself to earn a higher salary than predicted.
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