There are quite a lot of moving parts in Queens, but that hasn’t shaken the dedication of outfielder Michael Conforto. As MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports, Conforto remains interested in exploring a long-term contract to stay in New York.
Conforto acknowledged the obvious: the upcoming ownership transition has left him pondering “what kind of things are going to change and what this team’s going to look like when we come back.” But he says he’s going to stay focused on the present until the season concludes.
When it comes to his contractual future, Conforto made clear he’s excited to continue playing for the Mets. “I love it here,” he said. “This is everything I know.”
That’s not to say that a new deal is assured. For one thing, not much groundwork has been laid. Outside of “a really, really brief and preliminary chat this spring,” says Conforto, the sides haven’t talked extension.
At this point, the Mets will need to come with a big offer to lock in Conforto for the foreseeable future. The 27-year-old is headed for one more trip through the arbitration process this fall. He’s sure to command a big raise on his present $8MM salary. Through 229 plate appearances, Conforto carries a monster .328/.419/.525 batting line.
No brainer for a man worth 13 Billion to show the man the money.
If not my Reds should contact him. Sure he would love to play in Great American SmAll Park
The one trade chip
What are you, nuts? Trade Conforto? Their one trade chip is Rosario.
The Mets have been hoping to upgrade from Rosario for a few years now. Now that you have gotten a replacement you think he suddenly has value? He has a lifetime .302 OBP, averages 10-HR per year and plays maybe average defense. He has very little trade value.
Lol Rosario? He has completely lost all of his value this season. He is a terrible fielder, he can’t hit, he is impatient at the plate as indicated by his 2 or 3 walks this year. The only trade pieces the Mets have are Nimmo, and Pete Alonso (whom I do think will get moved since Dom has turned into the better overall player)
Pete will DH and dom will play 1st. Pete won’t get moved. If anyone gets moved it’s Davis.
Hope they don’t make such a move till a decision is made regarding the DH in the National League
Even though conforto’s value may be at an all time high, it’s bc things clicked. When things click, keep the guy. Most trade valuation is based on IF he can break out. He did. Keep him.
Or, conversely, he’s peaking and will never be better. Trade him. Maximize his value before the inevitable regression.
What if his regression is only a slight regression and what he was traded for never tops his regressed value
Just because a player has or is peaking doesnt mean there still isnt a ton of value left in that player
What if indeed. Neither way of thinking is wrong. The future will tell.
Mets be like:
“Goodbye, farewell, so long, vaya con dios.
Good luck, wish you well, take it slow.
Easy come (girl), easy go.”
Cohen should be able to keep him.
Cohen will keep him.
I think this is the first time I’ve seen some King George in the comments
And the first person to post it is from Texas lol.
If there’s players on offense that they’d lock up, I’d say it’s Conforto and Alonso, though we have time to see if he’s the real deal before his contract time comes up. Should be interesting with the new owner.
Def Conforto, not 100% on Alonso yet. Dom Smith has really shown he should be our everyday 1B, but if MLB adopts the DH for the NL going forward (which seems more than likely) I’d still like to Alonso produce a bit more consistently before locking him up. Of course, if we can get him now on the cheap, go for it.
Alonso is who you extend, he’s at that point. You have to take a risk. Makes little sense to extend Conforto now and pay him into his mid-thirties. You wanna do that just wait a year and re-sign him.
Alonso is the last player you extend.
Care to explain?
Alonso should be traded, he has some value. He has already had his career year last year. Dom is turning into the better overall player, so the Mets might as well get a #3 pitcher in return for Pete. I love the kid, but he will never come close to his rookie year numbers again.
I’d agree on the condition that we not sell low. But if Alonso could net a haul, the. By all means.
5 years 110 million
A team like this having a worst record than a team like the marlins giants brewers cardinals reds and Phillies speaks volumes about the wilpons how the organization works.. obviously our SP getting so injured is the reason we missed the playoffs but even if Cohen isn’t(which I doubt) the biggest spender, if he isn’t a clown this team should start winning more starting next year. Marlins making the playoffs just shows you how this season shouldn’t be taken as seriously…
It’s funny how much you over value Stroman and Thor and ignore the Mets other deficiencies. The injuries hurt the Mets to be sure, but guaranteeing a playoff spot? Not so sure. Mets lack of speed really hurt them and left a ton of runners stranded. Double plays galore. Mets defense was also sub par. Alonso couldn’t adjust to the breaking balls. I could go on. Stro and Thor don’t solve those problems. Very curious to see where Stroman ends up in 2021. What would his contract even look like?
The Mets would have definitely made the playoffs with those two. There sp was horrible and if you add stroman and Syndergaard to degrom Peterson and lugo it’s a top 7 roration on top of a stacked offense.. the defense and bullpen would cause them to not go far but they would have gotten at least 2nd place easily…
The Mets SP was awful, but it wasn’t their sole issue. Even with Stroman and Thor they still have a weak backend. I’m sorry, but if healthy, I see them as .500 club. similar to the Phillies.
They could have had an improved backend, but JO’S bid fell short.
Peterson as a 4 is weak??
Porcello is a fine 5
It’s just when you have Porcello matz and Wacha be you’re 3-4-5 it’s when you suffer…
Degrom stro Thor
Peterson…. that’s not weak and that makes the playoffs easily. Phillies aren’t bad but they are way more flawed than the Mets. Could you imagine if they lost wheeler and Eflin?? Eflin isn’t even close to the level of either of the two the Mets lost.
Eflin is still growing, but finished strong. Don’t really see Stroman as much better than Eflin.
I’m sorry but how many .500 clubs are about to make the playoffs in the national league… oh yeah, 5 give or take a loss or two. Competent starting pitching may have been the difference when you talking removing Matz and Wacha and inserting Thor and Stroman.
To be fair all 5 of those teams have dealt with injuries as ww. And I don’t consider any of these fringe teams a real threat. So, I still see the healthy Mets as a mediocre club. Same as my mediocre team.
I disagree but I guess we will never know right?? The Mets haven’t stayed healthy the last 5 years.
And please make the playoffs. I could handle the Phillies getting a spot but if the marlins get a spot this really a waste of a year.. they aren’t a good team.
2019 they were fairly healthy and made a significant run for a brief stretch. Which sort of defends your point, but we’ll never know.
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You realllllllly like Stroman huh?
Go get a real centerfielder.
Thor is a free agent,and he’s not coming back.
Thor is not a free agent until after the 2021 season.
With tjs you really expect him to pitching again in toilet?
He will be back just before the deadline next year, enough to showcase a trade or enough to showcase a qualifying offer for a draft pick. Maybe mets but a few years on him low off an injury as a high risk type thing too. But yes, I fully expect noah to pitch in 2021 and before the deadline
Stroman’s the FA. Thor would only be if he’s non-tendered.
A real center fielder? Like whom? Some guy with “CF” on his baseball card but who would actually be a downgrade overall over whomever he replaced? Can’t just conjure good fielding, good hitting CFrs out of thin air. Aren’t too many of them around.
Jackie Bradley Jr. would be a nice addition.
But playing JBJ everyday displaces someone from the lineup and will likely be a downgrade. If there’s a DH next year, I guess he just displaces Davis, which is fine. But defense aside, Smith and McNeill are better over all players with more starting value.
Conforto is the best player on the team not named deGrom. Extend that man ASAP.
Unrelated, but I actually think the DH really helped the Mets this year. I’m assuming it will continue in 2021, but if it doesn’t the Mets have a small dilemma with the Alonso/Smith situation. A good problem to have to be fair.
They’ll just keep Smith in LF like they have been. Not ideal, but it’s not terrible either.
Yea. I don’t like that, especially since the defense is already shaky, but that’s the move. Smith needs to be in the lineup every day, and even though Alonso struggled a bit this year, he’s still a huge bat.
I hope he gets extended too… at the right price
I’ve been yapping my head off about this to my brother the last few weeks. This is the one player that they MUST extend if any
Should’ve extended him years ago. Makes no sense now as you’d gain one, maybe two prime years before you end up paying top dollar for his decline years. Extend Alonso, Smith… it’s too late on Conforto.
By your logic they shouldn’t have extended Degrom either.
Pitchers are on a different a aging curve. And Conforto is merely very good to great, deGrom is possibly the best pitcher in all baseball. But paying Conforto 20 million plus per each of his age 32, 33, 34 and perhaps even 35 seasons is something we’d surely be bitching and moaning about when that time comes. Should’ve extended Conforto years ago when it would’ve been a bargain. Now we’ll pay top dollar. We got deGrom at a discount; they’ll be no such discount for Conforto, thus an extension makes little sense.
Conforto is only 27 and I don’t see him getting more than a 5 year deal. He’ll still be in his prime for at least 3 if not 4 years of a 5 year deal. Lock him up to a 5/110 contract now. If he’s looking for more, trade him in the offseason for pitching help.
Dorothy, you’re right. I’m thinking that on Conforto’s end, though, no point in taking an extension unless it locks him up at a high salary beyond 5 or 6 years. But if we could extend him only up through his age 32 season, then by all means.
it’s been killing me as he and Thor approached free agency I’d be screaming at my phone screen… extend the man!!!! and they waited until the season before hes gone, and putting up a slash line like a young Barry Bonds…
hope the mets resign him
Comments here remind me the Dunning Kruger Effect is real.
Ppl quick to give up on rosario and insert Jimenez are jumping the gun aren’t they? Rosario was 5th in the league in hits last yr ..can we keep ppl for their whole careers please (ala, ripken trammell,Whitaker, jeter,brett etc). If This site was around in the early 80s along with fb, you ppl would want those i mentioned traded too…. heres who you try to trade off, diaz, gimenez, jd davis/ smith ( 1or the other not both ),cano( pray a g.m. is drunk at the time), nido,( they wont give him the starting job so trade him and let him try elsewhere) ,and nimmo who can get back value.
Nido can’t hit even if his life depended on. That’s why he’ll be a backup forever.
Rosario has completely regressed. He has lost all confidence, he cannot field the ball, he has no patience at the plate, and he cannot hit. He might be the most frustrating player to watch
Kirk Nieuwenhuis For MVP
For his career so far, Rosario has been an average to below average hitter who plays awful defense. People are giving up on him because his ceiling as a major leaguer has been pretty low with no signs of progression. Gimenez has a lot more upside at this point, especially given the fact that he’s a better defender.
Trading Diaz only makes sense if Lugo is going back to the bullpen next season, and I kind of doubt that they’d get much in return from his anyway based on such a small sample size.
Nido and Rosario are what they are. At his best, Rosario is a league average-ish hitter with a poor glove and Nido is Jeff Mathis-like at the plate. Both are candidates to be upgraded from. Nido barely qualifies as a backup.
I wouldn’t mind trading Conforto. Can get a lot for him, strengthen the prospects pool and can buy/trade for a similar enough player. He and smith are the only players that have value and can bring a good haul back without leaving tremendous holes because they are replaceable easily. Rosario will be a utility backup which has value I would keep him. He is off a decent year last year and can likely produce at that clip again if he is needed long term for an injury to Cano or gimenez. Back to conforto, he is a streaky player, and they can really collect on this year because it wasn’t long enough to produce any of his classics streaks. I would trade.
On a side note, funny how the cano ripping and Diaz ripping has stopped since they are both producing (Diaz less so in important areas but showing full bounce back promise). Just thought it was funny how that became silent once cano strung a good two months together after being hurt most of all last season.
No its still a horrendous deal,even if the 3 minor league guys never make it..look how fast
seattle flipped bruce and swarzak..mets couldn’t do that on their own?
You don’t get full value when you a trade a player with only 1 year or control left. If you’re lucky, you get $0.60 on the dollar. If they don’t want to extend him, let him play out his final year at ~$18M then place a QO on him if the Mets still don’t want to commit long term to him. He and McNeil are their two best hitters so it makes the most sense to sign him to a 5 year deal now. If he continues to hit, he’ll still retain trade value if the Mets implode and have to rebuild.
Wilpons would have let Conforto walk. Cohen will resign him.