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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 06: Javier Baez #23 and Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets celebrate during the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 06: Javier Baez #23 and Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets celebrate during the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
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CINCINNATI, OHIO – JULY 20: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets walks back to the dugout after striking out in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 20, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Michael Conforto signs a four-year $85 million-dollar deal with the Giants

It’s no secret that 2021 was a down year for Conforto. He slashed .232/.344/.384 with 14 home runs and 55 RBI. Conforto missed over a month with injury and when he played he was not productive for most of the season by his standards.

Even with the down year, Conforto finished with a 101 OPS+. He was still a slightly above-average hitter.

With that in mind, I expect a lot of suiters to be in the hunt to sign Conforto. The Mets offered Conforto the Qualifying Offer, but reports are suggesting that Conforto rejected it. If I were in his shoes, I would’ve taken it just so I could bet on myself and enter free agency off of a better season and without the draft pick compensation attached.

I believe the Mets should definitely talk to Conforto to see if they can get him on a team-friendly contract but if they can’t do that, I’d like for them to look in another direction.

I believe Conforto is a really good player and is a lot closer to the production he put up in 2019 and 2020 than what he did this season. However, I want changes. If the Mets bring everyone back, it doesn’t make sense to expect them to be the team I expect them to be next season.

The 28-year-old is likely entering the prime of his career and should be a really good player for whoever signs him.

Conforto would fit in very nicely with the Giants. They do have Mike Yastrzemski who was in the 94th percentile in OAA this season according to baseball savant and posted 7 DRS playing right field and center field.

They could move Darin Ruf to first base if Brandon Belt walks or platoon Lamonte Wade Jr. and Ruf in left field. The Giants are full of depth which is a big reason they won 107 games this season. Adding a really good middle-of-the-order bat in Michael Conforto would make them all that much better.

The Giants are going to spend a lot of money this offseason as they don’t have so much money committed to anybody so Conforto will be someone they target for sure.

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