Michael Conforto was once a potent slugger from the left side of the plate for the New York Mets.
His contract ended after the 2021 season, so he started looking for an MLB team.
Between the lockout and a shoulder injury that was made public in 2022, Conforto was unable to find a squad and hasn’t played since that 2021 campaign.
He had a slight chance of returning in September if his rehab allowed it, but there were no positive updates back then.
Now expected to be completely healthy for the spring of 2023, it’s time for Conforto to find a new MLB organization.
His star lost some power with the 2021 and 2022 events, but things are finally looking up for the talented slugger.
“’It is Christmas for the Confortos.’ — agent Scott Boras suggesting interest in Michael Conforto is broad,” MLB insider Jon Heyman tweeted.
“It is Christmas for the Confortos.” — agent Scott Boras suggesting interest in Michael Conforto is broad https://t.co/YIN5po744O
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 9, 2022
An Elite Bounceback Candidate
Teams may be viewing Conforto as a great bounceback candidate on a short-term, “prove-it” kind of deal.
After all, he is still only 29 and was one of the best left-handed hitters in the National League just two seasons ago.
Let’s not forget that Conforto hit 88 home runs from 2017 to 2019 and was considered a top slugger over that span.
He still carries similar home run upside, but will have to prove his shoulder issues haven’t sapped his power.
That is no small detail: lots of hitters have shown diminished power after shoulder problems.
Teams, however, are apparently willing to give Conforto a chance, and he deserves one.
Conforto hit .232/.344/.384 with 14 home runs in 125 games in 2021: it wasn’t his best season, but it did produce an average offensive line.
What kind of season will he have and who will sign him?