Mets hopeful Michael Conforto extension talks will continue: 'Each situation is unique'

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Michael Conforto Mets practice swing during BP sleeveless shirt with backwards hat
Michael Conforto Mets practice swing during BP sleeveless shirt with backwards hat

After spending a massive amount of money on a contract extension for Francisco Lindor, are the Mets prepared to do the same for pending free agent Michael Conforto?

"That's to be determined," owner Steve Cohen told reporters on Monday via Zoom. "Each situation is unique. I plan to sit down with his agent at some point and discuss it. We like Michael, he's been a terrific Met and we'll see if we can get it done. This is a big moment for him, too. He may want to explore his free agency. So we'll see what happens."

Conforto, who is represented by Scott Boras, has maintained since last season that he is open to signing an extension before hitting free agency.

But Conforto said on Sunday that his focus right now is on the field.

SNY's Andy Martino recently reported that the Mets made Conforto an offer during spring training but that talks did not progress far.

"Our negotiations were brief but cordial," team president Sandy Alderson said on Monday. "I do believe there's room for continuing those conversations. And so I'm hopeful that the dialogue will continue and we'll see where we end up."

In addition to Conforto, the Mets have other members of their core who are set to soon hit free agency, including Noah Syndergaard.

And while Alderson would love to keep the whole core together, it may not happen.

"In an ideal situation, you'd love to retain them all. I think the fact is that at some point down the line we'll have to make some choices," Alderson explained. "That will depend on a variety of different considerations. One financial, one performance, one recent history in terms of how the team has done.

"A lot of things will go into that, but realistically we want to look for ways that we can hang on to as many of those players as we can. Our fans love homegrown players -- most fans do with most organizations. And they're special."

As far as how the huge deal for Lindor might impact spending going forward, Cohen reiterated that he wouldn't spend like a drunken sailor but that the team will continue to be "significant" players in the market.

"Francisco is a special guy and deserved a special contract," Cohen said. "Each situation we're gonna evaluate differently. Sometimes when you tie yourself up into long-term deals, it potentially could hurt your flexibility in other areas, so we have to weigh that. We're gonna be significant players for free agents down the road and we're gonna act like a major market club."