Mets outfielder Michael Conforto, whose regular season is over due to a hamstring injury, spoke Friday about the return of Sandy Alderson (pending MLB approval of Steve Cohen) and the potential of signing a contract extension.
It was with Alderson at the helm that Conforto entered the organization and was eventually called up straight from Double-A during the 2015 season.
"He's the one who drafted me. I kind of grew up while he was there," Conforto told reporters via Zoom. "He gave me some guidance along the way through times of coming up and having success, having a down year the next year. Had a lot of conversations with him about the things that he saw that I needed to do to stick around up here at this level.
"I definitely respect him and I am thankful that he brought me up when he did, that he drafted me. ... We'll see what happens as we move toward next year."
With Alderson back in the fold as team president if Cohen's ownership is approved, one of the first items on the agenda could be exploring a contract extension for Conforto, who will hit free agency after the 2021 season if he isn't locked up before then.
Conforto has spoken in the past, including earlier this season, about being open to signing long-term before hitting free agency. He has also noted that despite his agent being Scott Boras, it will be Conforto who calls the shots.
On Friday, though, Conforto was pretty mum about what the future could hold saying he's taking it "day-by-day."
"I think we'll know more when the time comes," Conforto explained. "I haven't really gone that far into the future. ... As we get closer I guess I'll get a better feel for that."