Following the press conference held by the New York Mets for recently re-signed center fielder Brandon Nimmo, his agent, Scott Boras, met with the media.
He was asked about another client in former Met, Michael Conforto, and shared the following updates.
“Michael is in Arizona, he’s doing great, he’s throwing normally again, back to full health, hitting great and we’re talking to a number of teams about him right now”. In terms of the contract duration, Boras said, “short-term, probably a couple of years with an opt-out.” Lastly, on if the Mets have shown interest, “Well, you’ll have to ask Billy [Eppler] that”.
Coming off shoulder surgery in January earlier this year, Conforto was not able to play at all throughout the 2022 season. His health is one of the main questions most have about the free-agent outfielder. Boras’ update is encouraging.
While Boras gave no confirmation, prior reports have stated that the Mets have been one of the teams interested in Conforto.
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Why Michael Conforto makes sense for the Mets:
There are some valid reasons why Conforto fits with the Mets at this point in time. For starters, the lineup needs more overall talent. As one recent report indicated, Steve Cohen believes this team needs more offense. Not only hitting, but some more power has got to be added to the batting order, which Conforto provides with his three seasons of 27 or more home runs. Lastly, Conforto, with his left-handed bat, would complement corner outfield right-handed hitters Starling Marte and Mark Canha perfectly.
Conforto would provide some adequate depth and be an ideal fourth outfielder for the Mets in 2023. A short-term contract, as Boras mentioned, is certainly ideal for Conforto at this point in time, trying to regain his past status. Hopefully, the Mets can find a way to sign Conforto.