When the San Francisco Giants signed Michael Conforto to a two-year, $36 million contract this year, there were a lot of question marks. The talented outfielder was coming off a season lost to right shoulder surgery, and no one was quite sure if he would be able to regain his All-Star form. But as the season unfolds, it seems like the Giants’ gamble is starting to pay off.
Conforto had a slow start to the season, which was to be expected considering he spent all of last season on the sidelines. But recently, he’s started to heat up. Over his past 24 at-bats, he’s accumulated 10 hits, including three home runs, adding 117 points of OPS in the process. It’s a promising sign that Conforto is finding his rhythm and adding firepower to the Giants’ lineup.
But let’s talk dollars and cents. Conforto’s contract with the Giants is for $18 million per year, and includes an opt-out after the 2023 season if he accumulates a total of 350 plate appearances. So, is the Giants’ investment paying off?
If we look at the numbers, Conforto’s recent performance is encouraging. The surge in his batting average and the power he’s demonstrated with his home runs are positive indicators of his value. However, it’s important to keep in mind that we’re still in the early part of the season. It will be essential to see if he can maintain this level of performance and stay healthy throughout the year.
In the end, whether or not Conforto’s contract is a good value will depend on how he continues to perform and contribute to the Giants’ success. For now, though, it’s safe to say that Conforto is back in the game and doing what he does best: hitting baseballs. Giants fans, and baseball fans in general, should be excited to see what the rest of the season holds for this talented player.