Michael Conforto Signs With Surprising Team

A strange turn of events today, as free agent Michael Conforto, who sat out all of last season with a shoulder injury, has signed with the San Francisco Giants — the team that infamously backed out of their massive Carlos Correa deal because of a previous injury. 

Never before has the "pending a physical" caveat been more important. 

It's a 2-year, $36M contract for the former All-Star outfielder, with an opt-out after the first year.

The Giants somehow worked out an agreement with Conforto and his agent Scott Boras, the same Boras who took Correa away from the team for their second thoughts after the medicals. As Bob Nightengale of USA Today said, "No hard feelings"?

The Giants needed to do something, after losing out on Aaron Judge, who they were in on down to the wire, and then losing Correa after having agreed on a $350M, 13-year contract. They had some serious money to spend, and were having trouble finding a taker. 

It's also an odd spot for Conforto, who's trying to re-establish his value as a productive hitter after sitting out the 2022 season following a poor 2021 season. Oracle Park is not the most hitter-friendly ballpark. Conforto does have a lifetime .271 mark there, with a .772 OPS and two home runs in 13 games. 

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