‘Super agent’ Scott Boras sometimes fails. All-star outfielder Michael Conforto (30), who spent a year without a team last year as a free agent, is a representative example.
Conforto, a right-handed and left-handed outfielder, was a prospect nominated by the New York Mets with the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 2014 draft, and established himself as a key hitter after his major league debut in 2015. He played 757 games in 7 seasons until 2021, with a batting average of 2.5, 5 runs, 650 hits, 132 homers, 596 RBIs, and an OPS of .824, and was evaluated as an offensive and defensive outfielder.
In 2021, his performance dropped to .729 with an OPS of .729 with a batting average of 2.3%, 94 hits, 14 homers, 55 RBIs in 125 games, but his long hitting power was verified with 27, 28, and 33 home runs in 2017-2019. Even in the shortened season in 2020, he made an impact with a batting average of 3.22, 9 homers, 31 RBIs, and an OPS of .927 in 54 games. After the season, the Mets offered him a contract extension worth over $100 million, but he turned it down.
After the 2021 season was over, Conforto, who also rejected the Mets’ one-year $18.4 million qualifying offer (QO), came out to the free agent market. With Boras on his back, he aimed for a large contract with a multi-year contract, but the market situation changed rapidly in the aftermath of the major league workplace shutdown. To make matters worse, he even injured his right shoulder during New Year’s personal training in January 2022.
Even after the lockdown ended in March and the season started, I couldn’t find a team. At the opening of April, he underwent right shoulder surgery and was rehabilitated, quickly becoming a forgotten existence. After the draft ended in July, even after the free agency compensation rights disappeared, he could not find a team and spent an entire year without a team. I rehabilitated alone in Arizona.
There was a gap of one year, but Conforto, who successfully rehabilitated, found a new team. He signed a two-year, $36 million free agent contract with the San Francisco Giants. On the 7th (hereafter Korean time), the physical examination was completed and the contract was officially completed. On the 11th, he also revealed his impressions of the contract through video interviews with local media such as the ‘San Francisco Chronicle’.
“It was tough,” Confoto said of his past year. No one wants to miss a season. It was not an ideal situation, and my heart ached,” he said. “Still, the point of view of baseball has been renewed. It was an opportunity to take a step back and look at my entire career. I tried to find the brightest possible hope,” he said.
Conforto, who was selected as an All-Star for the first time in 2017, said, “I will do everything I can to become an All-Star again. I feel like I haven’t fully scratched my potential yet. I couldn’t be more happy to start my career again with San Francisco,” he said, revealing his will to come back with the new team. 메이저사이트