Michael Conforto is once again property of a professional baseball team, the San Francisco Giants. While the Giants have had quite the rough offseason, they did end up landing a outfielder.
Conforto signed a two year deal worth $36M. Not at all bad, especially for someone that hasn’t played a full season due to a shoulder injury during practice.
The Seattle, Washington native will obviously be much closer to home on the west coast after spending 7 seasons in New York. Conforto was drafted by the Mets in the first round of the 2014 June Amateur Draft.
Throughout his career, the left handed bat slashed .255/.356/.468/.824 in 2551 at-bats. He also slugged 141 doubles and 132 home runs with 396 RBI’s.
The slugger will join former Mets boppers, Wilmer Flores and J.D. Davis.
Yoan Lopez, right-handed reliever, has been released to make room on the 40 man roster after the acquisitions Danny Mendick and Carlos Correa.
In 11 innings pitched, the Cuban native owned a 5.73 ERA while striking out 10 and walking 5.
Lopez only played in 8 games for the Mets, and it sounds like he’s likely taking his stuff to Japan. As recent as this week, his team has been negotiating a contract with the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball.
The New York Mets continue to be super aggressive as they’ve just signed Carlos Correa to a 12 year deal worth $315M.
Correa will likely slide over to third base for the next decade, putting a question mark next to prospects like Brett Baty and Ronny Mauricio.
This of course comes hours after a deal with the San Francisco Giants fell through potentially due to a failed physical.
With the Minnesota Twins, Correa hit .291/.366/.467/.834 with 22 home runs and 64 RBI’s in 522 at bats during the 2022 campaign.
The dynamic infielder from Ponce, Puerto Rico has an amazing relationship with fellow countryman Francisco Lindor, which had a tremendous impact on his making this decision.
The two are projected to combine for 40 home runs and 145 RBI’s this upcoming year, which is ridiculously underestimated. Both players are still in their late 20’s as Lindor is 29 and Correa 28 years of age.
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Left handed starter José Quintana has reached an agreement with the New York Mets and will join the middle of the team’s rotation.
The deal will be for the span of two season and will cost Steven Cohen and the Mets a total of $26M. Not too shabby, considering that Quintana is coming off of year where he pitched to a 2.93 ERA.
It’s hard to believe that Quintana will be entering his 12th season, however, the veteran journeyman sharp season with both the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals. As I mentioned earlier, Quintana owned a 2.93 ERA with just a 6-7 win/loss record.
While the record might not be an attention grabber, his consistency hitting the mound absolutely is. The Colombian born pitcher started 32 games in 2022, continuing to display his dependability as a theme to his career.
Overall, Quintana owns an 89-87 win/loss record to go alongside his 3.75 ERA, and 1.28 WHIP in over 1723.2 innings pitched.
I’m not sure if the New York Mets front office had their hopes set on signing former MVP Cody Bellinger, especially with the tremendous amount of uncertainty surrounding outfielder Brandon Nimmo. However, if they did, you can consider those hopes and expectations to now be crushed.
Bellinger, a true lefty that plays first base, as well as all three outfield positions, has inked a one year deal with the Chicago Cubs.
Bellinger’s deal is worth $17.5M however, he will be paid $12M for the upcoming 2023 season. The deal is equipped with a mutual option for 2024, as well as a $5.5M buyout, which will likely be utilized instead of the mutual option for the following season.