Conforto has previously been connected to the Miami Marlins in pre-lockout speculations, is expected to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies, and might possibly wind up with the defending National League East champion Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals. Both of them may benefit from some outfield assistance, even if it isn’t in right field.
This summer, it’s unknown where Michael Conforto will sign. Because of the MLB lockout, the former New York Mets outfielder is unsure where he will call home in 2022. And, despite a terrible season in 2021, he should be able to find plenty of suitors who are confident in his ability.
It may not seem like the Mets’ biggest division rivals are the most natural of fits for Conforto. The Braves still do have Adam Duvall but with many of their midseason acquisitions in the outfield now gone and the likely incoming DH, Conforto could be their new right fielder.
Rather than accept it and return to the Mets, Conforto rejected the QO and entered the free agent pool. He didn’t get a contract before the lockout began but that’s not necessarily a surprise. Many of the best free agents out there are still jobless for 2022. Other than the Mets, the other four teams in the NL East remained relatively quiet.
In Philadelphia, Bryce Harper has right field occupied for the next decade. Something important to remember about Conforto—aside from how well he hits at Citizen’s Bank Ballpark—is that until 2019 he was playing a lot of left field. Paired up with Harper in the other corner, he could help give the Phillies a major offensive boost.
The Marlins’ connection to Conforto was a big surprise considering they already signed Avisail Garcia. However, as noted in the rumored report, they could view him as a center field option. Plus, there’s always left field for them to plot one of the two.
Finally, there are the Nationals. They’re in a similar situation as the Phillies with a young player in right field. Juan Soto is a superstar at the position and not going anywhere anytime soon. Again, what’s to stop them from moving Conforto to left field?
Conforto isn’t fleeing the Mets for a bigger contract. They made their offer. He turned it down. They appear to have moved on.