Mets OF Michael Conforto, who is eligible to be a free agent after the 2021 season, spoke with SNY contributor John Harper about his future and whether he'd be open to an extension.
"At this point I'm just looking at being excited about this season," Conforto said. "It would be nice to have the future set but it's gotta make sense for me to do that. Maybe the conversation gets a little different next year but right now I'm just locked in on 2020.
"Those are big decisions and it can become a distraction. 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."
Conforto noting that it's his decision -- not the decision of agent Scott Boras -- is something he's echoed before. And while the common thought is that most Boras clients want to hit free agency, there are plenty of examples of Boras clients who have signed extensions.
Those players include Jose Altuve, Stephen Strasburg, Carlos Gonzalez, and Chris Davis.
Could Conforto become the next Boras client to sign an extension in lieu of free agency? The Mets, with an outfield situation that is in flux and with plenty of money coming off the books after the 2020 season, would be wise to explore what it would take.
The 27-year-old Conforto hit .257/.363/.494 with 33 homers and 29 doubles in 151 games last season. Over his five-year career, Conforto has hit .253/.353/.481 with 109 homers (an average of 31 per 162 games).
Conforto will make $8 million in 2020 and will be due for another raise in 2021 before reaching free agency after the 2021 season -- unless the Mets lock him up first.