Michael Conforto STILL Remains Unsigned

29 Mar


Last December, more than two dozen present and former Mets players filed into the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Ariz., to celebrate their teammate Michael Conforto’s wedding. The party, they said, was a memorable one. Since that time, most Mets have shied away from contact with Conforto, understanding the sensitivity of his situation as baseball’s most prominent remaining free agent. He is the only unsigned free agent that Fangraphs projects for more than a single Win Above Replacement in 2022.

“Obviously a confusing time [for him], probably a frustrating time,” said Conforto’s longtime teammate, Brandon Nimmo. “I’m just wishing him the best.”

Conforto only has himself to blame for remaining unsigned. In 2021 he turned down a longterm deal with the Mets, had a subpar 2021 season and still turned down a QO by the Mets because he expected that some dumb GM would sign him to a $100M-plus deal this offseason. I say at best he gets a 2-to-3 year deal no more than $50M at this point.

No, The Mets Should Not Pursue Michael Conforto

20 Mar

Conforto already turned down a $100M deal from the Mets last year and now there’s all this talk about re-signing him to a 1-year deal because he’s still out there on the free agent market and there’s only 3 weeks left until the regular season starts. But screw that. While Conforto always gives 100 percent in the field and is an above-average right-fielder, he’s also way too streaky a player who had awful season last year. So while I understand the sentiment many Mets fans feel about bringing Conforto back home, if Brandon Nimmo can finally stay healthy and we get a big year from Dom Smith, with the new additions of Marte and Hanra, I think that we’ll be fine in the outfield.

Buck Showalter Sounds Open To Bringing Michael Conforto Back

22 Feb

Michael Conforto

Additional players almost certainly will be added to the Mets roster once the lockout concludes, and manager Buck Showalter acknowledged Friday that another outfielder could be a consideration.

The Mets already signed free agents Starling Marte and Mark Canha this offseason to join Brandon Nimmo in the outfield, but beyond that there is haziness: Dominic Smith and Jeff McNeil can play the outfield, but are also trade candidates.

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Scott Boras: Michael Conforto Is the ‘King of Queens’

11 Nov

Boras is Conforto’s agent so you expect him to spout hyperbole like this. But coming off a season where he only hit .232 with 14 HR’s and 55 RBI’s in 406 at-bats, does Conforto really warrant the kind of longterm deal he’s seeking? Probably not. Still, I’ve always liked Conforto and want to see him back. He’s a streaky hitter and has battled one too many DL stints for a guy his age. But he’s a home grown Met, an above-average right-fielder, was an All-Star in 2017, hit 2 HR’s in a game during the 2015 World Series, never gets into any trouble on or off the field, his teammates seem to love him and he can carry the team for like a month when he gets hot at the plate. But baseball being a business and Conforto about to hit his prime as a player, of course he’s going to want to get as much money that he can while he can. And that’s why he declined the Mets qualifying offer and sadly, won’t be back.