When the Giants backed out of the Carlos Correa deal over concerns about an injury from nearly a decade ago, there were rumblings that it might make it hard for San Francisco to work with superagent Scott Boras in the future. Well, apparently feelings heal pretty quickly in Boras Land.
No hard feelings:
The #SFGiants land free agent outfielder Michael Conforto to 2-year, $36 million contract as the last marquee free agent on the board.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 23, 2022
Michael Conforto is a Boras client, which means not only are the Giants still able to work with Boras, they were the first team to strike a deal with him after the Correa debacle. Conforto was an excellent hitter from 2017-20, posting a 134 OPS+ in those four seasons combined. That dropped down to a league-average 100 in 2021, and he missed all of 2022 after shoulder surgery. San Francisco is hoping for a return to form for the former All-Star.
The Dodgers were never really in on Conforto, as far as we know. He was the best remaining outfielder on the market and he’s played center field in the past, but he hasn’t played it very well. They also might be a little wary of players coming off shoulder surgery so soon after non-tendering Cody Bellinger and Edwin Rios. Conforto’s most common position has been right field, and Los Angeles is pretty well set in right for the next decade.
The Giants weren’t done after Conforto. They continued a busy morning by reuniting a family.
— MLB (@MLB) December 23, 2022
Taylor Rogers, the twin brother of Giants pitcher Tyler Rogers, signed a three-year, $33 million deal with the Giants to team up with his brother in the San Francisco bullpen. Rogers was a standout reliever with the Twins for six seasons, posting a 139 ERA+ from 2016 to 2021. He split 2022 between the Padres and Brewers and had a 4.76 ERA (81 ERA+) overall. He was a victim of bad luck with San Diego, with a 4.35 ERA and a 2.34 FIP; with Milwaukee, he was just bad, as his 5.48 ERA nearly matched his 5.07 FIP.
The Giants are banking on the 2016-21 version of Rogers being his true self, and manager Gabe Kapler now has mirror images to call on in the late innings between the lefty Taylor and the righty Tyler.
After losing Correa earlier in the week, the Giants are scrambling to salvage this offseason. Conforto and Rogers join Mitch Haniger as their notable offseason acquisitions.
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