Giants sign former All-Star who missed last year with injury after concern over Carlos Correa’s physical

The San Francisco Giants agreed to a 13-year, $350 million deal with Carlos Correa but backed out with concerns about his physical from an injury more than eight years ago.

However, the Giants don’t seem to have a problem with outfielder Michael Conforto, who missed all of last year with a shoulder injury.

Conforto and the Giants agreed to a two-year, $36 million deal, according to multiple reports.

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Michael Conforto of the New York Mets in action against the New York Yankees during a game at Citi Field on September 12, 2021 in New York City.

Michael Conforto of the New York Mets in action against the New York Yankees during a game at Citi Field on September 12, 2021 in New York City.
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Conforto spent his first seven MLB seasons with the New York Mets, who offered him a $100 million contract extension before his walk year in 2021. However, he bet on himself and declined. From 2015 to 2020, he was a career .259 hitter with an .843 OPS.

Unlike Aaron Judge, however, it didn’t work out. Conforto hit just .232 with a .729 OPS, the second-lowest mark of his career.

New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto dives but is unable to make a play on a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig during the eighth inning of a game June 23, 2018, in New York.

New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto dives but is unable to make a play on a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig during the eighth inning of a game June 23, 2018, in New York.
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The outfielder has been known to be a streaky hitter. After providing the Mets with an offensive spark in his rookie season in 2015, the year they won the pennant, he slashed .220/.310/.414 the following season. In 2017, he owned an elite .939 OPS. That number dropped to .797 the next season, but rebounded to .856 in 2019 and then up to .927 in the covid-shortened 2020 season.

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It’s been a tough offseason for the Giants, who had put themselves in a great position to land a top free agent. They landed Correa first, and they approached Judge before he stayed at home in the Bronx. Pitcher Carlos Rodon also joined the Yankees after calling San Francisco home last season.

Conforto was reportedly offered a two-year contract late last season to join the Houston Astros for their eventual World Series title run, but he declined, opting to sit out the rest of the season.

New York Mets' Michael Conforto gestures after hitting a solo home run in the 11th inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati on July 19, 2021.

New York Mets’ Michael Conforto gestures after hitting a solo home run in the 11th inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati on July 19, 2021.
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Conforto turns 30 during spring training. If he can return to his 2017 All-Star form over the next two seasons, he could land the nine-figure offer he was once offered when he reaches free agency in 2024.

San Francisco also reportedly agreed to a three-year, $33 million deal with left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers, along with his twin brother, right-handed pitcher Tyler Rogers.

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