Ex-Mets OF Michael Conforto open to signing after 2022 MLB Draft, agent Scott Boras says

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Michael Conforto cropped 8/12/21
Michael Conforto cropped 8/12/21

Former Mets OF Michael Conforto is open to signing with a team after the 2022 MLB Draft, agent Scott Boras said in an interview with the New York Post.

"No team will sign Michael before then," Boras said of July 17-19.

When the draft ends, so does the pick compensation linked to Conforto because of the Mets' qualifying offer.

"Multiple" franchises have checked in with Boras about signing Conforto after the draft, the agent added.

Conforto, a free agent, underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in April.

"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)."

SNY's Andy Martino reported March 17 that the Mets offered Conforto an extension in the $100 million range last spring, and would have gone as high as $120 million at that point.

However, Martino added that the Mets were "not offering him anything like that now, and probably not anything."

Conforto, 29, was an All-Star member of the Mets in 2017 and the 2014 MLB Draft's No. 10 overall pick.

In 757 regular-season games from 2015-21, Conforto slashed .255/.356/.468 with 132 home runs and 396 RBI.

The 2021 season was a down year for Conforto, who slashed .232/.344/.384 with 14 home runs and 55 RBI in 125 games.