Michael Conforto: 3 Possible Landing Spots as MLB Opening Day Approaches

MLB Opening Day is just days away. Finally. Yet, one prominent name is still available on the free-agent market: Michael Conforto.

The former New York Mets outfielder remains unsigned, which came as a surprise before it was revealed that he suffered a shoulder injury to start the 2022 calendar year. As such, his agent, Scott Boras, insisted that Conforto wait until he is healed.

Time is running out for Conforto, and after he rejected the Mets’ $18.4 million qualifying offer, the money just hasn’t been there for him. It also doesn’t help that Conforto had a down year in 2022, finishing with a .232 batting average with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs in 125 games.

With Opening Day kicking off in less than a week, time is running out for Conforto to ink a deal before then. As such, here are three possible landing spots for Conforto.

San Francisco Giants

Former Mets OF Michael Conforto is still a free agent despite MLB Opening Day lurking.
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The San Francisco Giants are doing whatever it takes to make a run at another National League West division title. They inked Carlos Rodon to a costly two-year deal and brought in Joc Pederson. But they saw Kris Bryant dash for the Colorado Rockies on a massive contract they couldn’t match.

Then, Evan Longoria suffered an injury and is out for six weeks. Suddenly, the Giants lineup has lost a decent amount of power.

Pederson isn’t the player he once was in the outfield, and adding Conforto would be a terrific addition for the Giants. Plus, the addition of the designated hitter in the NL gives teams such as the Giants the flexibility to tinker with the lineup more than before.

Conforto’s market has dwindled quickly, and at this point, he might need to take a one-year deal and prove that he is worth big money going into the 2023 MLB offseason.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Would it be surprising if the Los Angeles Dodgers end up with Conforto? No, not at all.

The Dodgers are once again aggressive in free agency and inked Freddie Freeman to a six-year, $162 million deal. They also brought back Clayton Kershaw but watched Corey Seager leave for the Texas Rangers.

Nonetheless, the Dodgers are favorites again, and manager Dave Roberts made a bold World Series proclamation. The Conforto to LA rumors picked up steam after they traded away AJ Pollco for Craig Kimbrel.

Do the Dodgers need Conforto? No, but that won’t stop them from putting together one of the best lineups in MLB history.

San Diego Padres

The San Diego Padres have been shockingly inactive during the MLB offseason, which is something new for general manager A.J. Preller.

As it stands right now, Jurickson Profar would be a starting outfielder for the Padres, and that isn’t a good situation. Bryan Reynolds trade rumors popped up recently, although it seems that the Pirates want a lot for the All-Star outfielder.

So, why not kick the tires on Conforto? The Padres need to compete with the Dodgers and Giants, and adding one more bat to the lineup would help them get that much closer to the top tier of the NL West.

The Padres shouldn’t be content with Profar starting in the outfield, and they haven’t made a splashy move outside of the trade for Luke Voit.

Preller has to be thinking of doing something, and at this rate, Conforto might end up signing a relatively cheap one-year contract. A left-handed power bat added to this San Diego lineup would be a significant addition, especially with star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. expected to miss a good chunk of time to start the year.

Conforto will end up somewhere, he has to, but time is running out before the start of the season.

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