Mets' Luis Rojas on what extensions for Michael Conforto, Francisco Lindor could mean: 'Our team ... will feed off of it'

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Michael Conforto Luis Rojas Mets June 2020
Michael Conforto Luis Rojas Mets June 2020

Potential contract extensions for RF Michael Conforto and SS Francisco Lindor have made for a hot topic in the Mets' offseason. Entering spring training, manager Luis Rojas was asked Wednesday afternoon about where possible new deals stand with both star players.

"I'm not in those conversations," Rojas said. "I have talked to both of them and those two guys two of our leaders. We have several leaders here and though Lindor hasn't been in the facility yet -- he should be here in a few days when the position players report -- he's already portrayed as a leader. In the conversations we've had, they've been off the chart about how we're going to go about it and different things. Michael, I'm in touch with him, too, and all they talk about is the team and baseball.

"You talk about those two, it'd be great if they're here for years. Our fanbase always supports every Met player, will also be happy with those two guys being extended and our team as well will feed off of it. Those are two of our leaders. Their presence is strong in the clubhouse. Their presence is strong out on the field. But my conversations with them, they have been strictly baseball in the offseason."

Acting GM Zack Scott acknowledged last Friday that the Mets would take a look at potentially extending each in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

"I've always looked at those (as being) the best time to do that is in spring training," Scott said. "And I think we'll have those conversations. We've had conversations internally, and I know (Mets president) Sandy (Alderson) was talking about that we obviously acquired Francisco with the hope of having him here longer than one year.

"We want to have those conversations. The focus has been on building the best roster we can for 2021. That could still be ongoing, but that's an important thing for us to at least talk to players about the potential for those types of deals."

Conforto and Lindor have been open.

"(Alderson) was on record saying that we’re going to broach that topic when we get closer to spring training," Conforto said Feb. 2. "Now that we have a solid date for spring training I think things may progress, but at this point we really haven't talked about extension stuff and all that stuff. We'll see what happens here in the next week or two as we get closer to spring training and I think things will probably progress as we get closer."

"It has to make sense for both sides," Lindor said Jan. 11. "I'm sure my agent David (Miller) will do a great job in communicating every single thing I desire. Hopefully both teams understand and we'll see what happens."

Conforto, who turns 28 on March 1, has slashed .259/.358/.484 with 118 home runs and 341 RBI in 632 regular-season games from 2015-20.

The 27-year-old Lindor, meanwhile, compiled a .285/.346/.488 slash line while totaling 138 home runs and 411 RBI over 777 regular-season games in Cleveland from 2015-20.