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SF Giants, free agent Conforto finalize $36M deal that includes plate appearance clause


Former All-Star outfielder Michael Conforto passed his physical and on Friday the Giants announced they have finalized the $36 million, two-year deal that reportedly was reached two weeks ago.

The deal includes an opt-out clause following next season, but only if Conforto makes at least 350 plate appearances in 2023. The former Met missed all of last season recovering from right shoulder surgery.

Barring another injury, Conforto, 29, figures to easily reach that PA mark. Before last season he had at least 350 plate appearances in four of the previous six seasons, coming up short only during the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season and when he had 348 plate appearances in 2016 when he missed about a month because of a wrist injury.

To make room for Conforto on the 40-man roster, the Giants designated catcher Austin Wynns for assignment.

On Thursday, the Giants announced infielder Tommy La Stella had cleared waivers and was released. That was mostly a procedural move that makes La Stella a free agent. He was designated for assignment late last month and any team that claimed him would have been responsible for the remaining $11.5 million on his contract. Now the 31-year-old can sign for the minimum and the Giants will pay the rest of the three-year, $18.75 million deal.

The Giants said Conforto will donate $90,000 to the Giants Community Fund in both 2023 and 2024 as part of his deal.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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