With just ten days to go until Opening Day, All-Star outfielder Michael Conforto has yet to be signed by any team. Read to find out where he could end up.
Where Will Michael Conforto Sign?
There remains one big major league baseball free agent still on the board. That would be 1x All-Star and former New York Met, Michael Conforto.
Conforto declined New York’s qualifying offer back at the start of free agency and he’s now in danger of remaining unsigned to start the season. Conforto has had his struggles since coming up in 2015, but he’s a talented outfielder who deserves to be rostered.
Conforto is too good to remain unsigned, Here are a few potential destinations for him as Opening Day continues to get closer.
New York Mets
It’s only right that Conforto returns to the Mets after all this free agency speculation. The Mets took a chance on Conforto by drafting him 10th overall out of Oregon State University in the 2014 MLB Draft.
He hit .270 with an .841 on-base plus slugging percentage in his rookie season and helped the Mets win the National League pennant in 2015. Conforto was the Mets’ lone All-Star in 2017 and put up impressive numbers that year, but other than that he hasn’t been particularly impressive.
Conforto has hit .254 with an .815 OPS since the start of the 2018 season. Those are reliable numbers and you know what you’re gonna get from him in a 162 game season; especially if you’re the Mets.
He had a great year during 2020 as he hit .322 with a .927 OPS in the shortened season but came back down to earth in 2021 as he hit .232 with a .729 OPS last year.
With Conforto’s free agency options withering with each passing day, there’s no reason why the Mets shouldn’t extend another short-term offer his way. Conforto is a good defender, has a decent enough bat and is already well-liked among Mets faithful. One more year of his presence in Queens would be a good thing for both parties.
The Athletics have been big time sellers this offseason and with good reason. Their future in Oakland is in serious question and the front office is looking ahead as they’ve let most of their big names go and are stockpiling prospects.
The A’s are in desperate need of an experienced outfielder, especially now that starting right fielder Ramon Laureano is suspended to start the 2022 season.
Conforto to the A’s could be a great match for the short term and a one year deal would be a great thing for both. The A’s would get a talented, reliable outfielder until Laureano returns and Conforto would get to use his time in Oakland to essentially audition for other teams and possibly get traded to a contender at the deadline.
Any deal that Conforto signs will likely be for no longer than two years so a deal with the A’s makes sense as Oakland should be looking for some measure of depth to start the season.
It’s a similar idea to Oakland but Conforto to the Marlins also makes a good deal of sense. Miami has a relatively young and inexperienced ballclub and Conforto’s addition would add a veteran presence and inject a little extra talent into a pitiful Marlins squad.
The Marlins, as usual, aren’t going to be competitive this season, but if they were to sign Conforto it could have the potential to cut down on some of the early season losing streaks they’re bound to go on.
The Marlins don’t really have anybody who stands out in the outfield, so there’d be no reason not to add a former All-Star in Conforto.
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