The contract option that holds the greatest mystery at the moment is Michael Conforto's player option for $18 million for 2024. Conforto's agent, Scott Boras, is remarkably good at getting top dollar for his guys, but Conforto did not play particularly well in 2023 with a .718 OPS after missing the 2022 season due to injury.
The best guess here is that Conforto opts in and takes the guaranteed $18 million for next season. This gives him a nice payday and allows him to rebuild his value before hitting free agency again after the 2024 season. This isn't great news for the Giants as that is a nice chunk of change for a guy that isn't a lock to produce, but Conforto should be motivated to play well in 2024 and he gets a full normal offseason to get right.
Prediction: Exercises $18 million player option and stays with the Giants
Oh Brandon Crawford, it appears as though your time has come. Crawford was one of the Giants' best players for a decade before injuries and Father Time caught up with him. Coming off a 2023 season where he hit .194 and looked like a shadow of his former self, the writing is officially on the wall.
There is a chance that Crawford tries to catch on elsewhere in 2024 and there are a few low budget teams that could be interested. However, the smarter money is that after he takes some time to think, Brandon will eventually land on retirement once he realizes that there aren't going to be contenders that will want to pay real money for his services.
Prediction: Crawford retires and enjoys some well-earned downtime