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A demotion to Triple-A for Michael Conforto is "on the table," according to one team source, with no decision made but Mets brass currently discussing it.
According to the source, manager Mickey Callaway has been disappointed in Conforto, and has been involved in these internal discussions.The possibility of a demotion was first reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Conforto is batting .219, and has three hits in his last 28 at-bats. He told the Post on Saturday that he would object to a demotion.
"Triple-A is not an answer," he said, noting that the team employed a similar strategy two years ago. "I've been through that. I have done all I can do down there. I play at this level, that's it."
The team does not see it that way. If Conforto continues to struggle, and his swing does not improve, he could be Las Vegas-bound soon. One idea was to swap him out for Yoenis Cespedes on Tuesday -- a move that would extend Jose Reyes' dwindling Mets' tenure -- but Cespedes left a minor league rehab game on Saturday with quad tightness.
That complicates the plan, but discussions about demoting Conforto are ongoing.