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Michael Conforto has agreed to a two-year, $36 million deal with the San Francisco Giants with an opt-out after year one.
Conforto missed all of 2022 with a shoulder injury. He had a career year in the shortened 2020 season when he slashed .322/.412/.515 with nine home runs. 2021 wasn't quite the same, but he did deal with the shoulder injury. Conforto is said to be fully ready for Spring Training.
The Seattle Mariners are reportedly among the teams showing interest in Michael Conforto.
Conforto has been connected to a number of other team as well. He missed all of this past season due to a shoulder injury, so there is some risk and that may lead to him signing a one-year prove it deal or a two-year deal with an opt out. With the Mariners bringing in Teoscar Hernandez to play right field, Conforto would likely be in line to take over left field for Jesse Winker and Sam Haggerty.
Michael Conforto is reportedly drawing interest from teams now that the MLB draft is over.
Conforto is no longer attached to draft pick compensation, so he's far more attractive to teams looking to sign him. An earlier report suggested he would be out until next season, so fantasy managers shouldn't expect him to contribute this season anyway. And he'll most likely sign a short-term deal and try to rebuild his value, so from a dynasty perspective, this news shouldn't move the needle. Continue to monitor where Conforto lands but don't get excited about him from a fantasy perspective.
Michael Conforto underwent shoulder surgery last week, according to Scott Boras. He is expected to make a full recovery and return to play in spring training next year.
Conforto's situation was strange from the start, as he went surprisingly unsigned even after the lockout ended. Conforto's agent, Boras, then told reporters that Conforto had injured his shoulder and was getting fully healthy and would re-engage teams on potential offers. And now, just two weeks later, Conforto is done for the year. The exact nature of Conforto's injury is unclear just yet, but shoulder injuries are notoriously tricky for both hitters and pitchers. He is obviously a drop in redraft formats and should take a significant hit in all keeper and dynasty leagues, but managers should still hold him in those formats.
According to a report from the New York Post's Mike Puma, free agent outfielder Michael Conforto has yet to resume throwing as he continues his rehabilitation from a shoulder injury. Puma also mentions that surgery was on the table for Conforto but that the veteran outfielder opted to let the shoulder heal.
We haven't received many updates on Conforto over the last few weeks, and this appears to be why. At this point, it's possible that Conforto doesn't sign with a team until after the MLB Amateur Draft in July, when draft pick compensation would no longer apply. Conforto batted just .232 with 14 home runs in 125 games in 2021, and he declined a qualifying offer from the Mets this offseason.