San Francisco Giants: What’s on their post-lockout to-do list

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 03: San Francisco Giants pose for a team picture in celebration of winning the NL West Division after a game against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park on October 03, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brandon Vallance/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 03: San Francisco Giants pose for a team picture in celebration of winning the NL West Division after a game against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park on October 03, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brandon Vallance/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 12: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets at bat during the second inning against the Washington Nationals in game two of a doubleheader at Citi Field on August 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 12: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets at bat during the second inning against the Washington Nationals in game two of a doubleheader at Citi Field on August 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images) /

The San Francisco Giants should try to sign Michael Conforto

After rejecting the New York Mets’ qualifying-offer, outfielder Michael Conforto finds himself on the free agent market for the first time in his career, coming off of a very successful seven-year stint with the Mets. The sweet-swinging lefty’s power numbers were way down in 2021 as he posted career-low marks in just about every offensive category. One positive about Conforto’s showing last season is that he was able to lower his strikeouts, something that’s been a serious issue for him in recent years.

Conforto, 28, is a right fielder by trade but is capable of playing passable defense in both center field and left field. His role on the Giants would most likely be in left field with Mike Yastrzemski staying in right and Steven Duggar remaining in center.

Conforto is projected by Steamer’s yearly projection system to have a nice comeback season in 2022 and would be a nice fit in the San Francisco Giants’ outfield. MLB Trade Rumors’ free agent predictions have him landing a one-year, $20 million deal in the upcoming campaign, a number that seems just right for a Giants team looking to advance further into the postseason in 2022.