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Mets’ Michael Conforto Likely Heads To Free Agency Next Offseason, Sides ‘Far Apart On Dollars’

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The New York Mets and lefty slugger Michael Conforto were supposed to be headed towards an extension, but now New York Post’s Mike Puma reports that the sides “aren’t even close to an agreement.”

Apparently they’re so far apart that folks are expecting Conforto to finish out his contract year without a deal and then become a free agent. After the monstrous season the Mets got out of their lefty slugger in 2020, who could blame them here? As a matter of fact, the Mets are playing this perfectly, and I’ll explain why.

Here’s DeGrom speaking about what it’s like to play during contract negotiations:

Jacob DeGrom insists he used baseball to “take his mind off” negotiations, but isn’t he forgetting that the feeling of proving yourself potentially improves performance? Conforto hit .322 last season (a career-best, by far), which likely had to do with him expecting contract negotiations this offseason.

The team may see Conforto’s short-season success as an outlier and don’t want to over-pay, especially with a deal for star shortstop Francisco Lindor looming. They don’t want to reach in the pockets for 10 years and roughly $350 million only to overpay for a returning player like Conforto that same season. The Mets have to find a bargain somewhere.

How this should go (if the Mets are smart):

If Mets owner Steve Cohen plays this right, then he could watch Michael Conforto play himself into accepting their initial offer. If Conforto plays up to last year’s standards, the team would then feel comfortable spending big on him.

It’s a win-win for the Mets to wait on Conforto, and it’ll pay off in the end.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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