“Depends on how he progresses” – Michael Conforto could sign with team after 2022 MLB Draft

Michael Conforto suffered an injury to his right shoulder, his front shoulder when hitting as a lefty.

Michael Conforto
Michael Conforto

Michael Conforto, who is a free agent and has played for the New York Mets in the Major League Baseball (MLB), will be open to signing a contract with a club after the July 17-19 draft. In a recent media interaction, Conforto’s agent Scott Boras “multiple” clubs have called to inquire about his availability after the draft.

The agent also mentioned that “once the draft takes place they will try to sign Michael Conforto and no team will do so before then.” The 29-year-old Conforto was the highest profile free agent who did not sign a contract after last season. 

There is a possibility the swinging modality can be back to normal at a much earlier date than the throwing aspect,” Boras said, as quoted by The New York Post. “He had his surgery in April. There’s a chance depending on how he progresses that [hitting in the majors late in the season] is a possibility.”

“Michael Conforto is a free agent months before anyone else”

Michael Conforto
Michael Conforto

Boras had earlier revealed in April that Conforto injured his shoulder during the MLB-imposed lockout and needed surgery that month. The initial reports even suggested that the Seattle native would miss the rest of the 2022 season. 

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Michael registered a terrific performance in the shortened 2020 season by hitting just .232 with 14 homers and a .729 OPS last year. Following this, he rejected the $18.4 million qualifying offer, which would have made him a signed player with the Mets for the ongoing Majors season. 

He’s clearly going to have the ability to examine the situation [of signing before the offseason],” Boras said. “It’s kind of a unique thing. Because Michael Conforto is a free agent months before anyone else, he will be out there and clubs can calibrate on Michael Conforto before any other [free agents].”

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