Mets outfielder Michael Conforto, who is set to become a free agent after the 2021 season, told SNY contributor John Harper on Wednesday that while he's open to discussing an extension, he's also willing to bet on himself.
Still, Conforto said the decision will be his -- not one made by agent Scott Boras.
"Those are big decisions and it can become a distraction," Conforto said. "If I go out there and play the way I'm capable of, everything will take care of itself. Scott's got my best interests in mind but at the end of the day it's my decision."
If the Mets attempt to extend Conforto before he hits free agency, which they should absolutely do, what could an extension look like in terms of years and dollars?
Speaking Thursday on Baseball Night in New York on SNY, former Mets and Braves front office exec Adam Fisher said two contract comps for Conforto could be Nick Castellanos and Charlie Blackmon.
"If you take that and start with Castellanos, I think we're talking about Charlie Blackmon who signed a contract a couple of years ago. That's not necessarily the ceiling, but I think that's also a very good comp. So for some type of compromise, you want to see them come together somewhere in between. I'd say closer to Charlie Blackmon, which was five (years) for $94 (million). Somewhere in that range is what we're talking about for Conforto. ... I would say in between those two but a little bit closer to Blackmon."
The 28-year-old Castellanos, who signed a four-year, $64 million deal with the Reds in the offseason, is a career .277/.326/.471 hitter with 120 home runs in seven seasons.
The 33-year-old Blackmon, who signed a six-year deal worth $108 million at the start of the 2018 season, is a career .304/.360/.509 hitter with 172 home runs in nine seasons, though those numbers are inflated by playing his home games at Coors Field, where his career slugging percentage is .590 (compared to .430 on the road).
Conforto, who turned 27 last weekend, has hit .253/.353/.481 with 109 home runs during his five-year career.
With the Mets brushing up against the $208 million luxury tax threshold, extending Conforto before this offseason might not be likely. But with lots of money coming off the books in advance of the 2021 season, the Mets should have plenty of payroll flexibility to extend Conforto if the two sides can reach an agreement.