Michael Conforto is the “King of Queens”, or at least that’s what his agent, Scott Boras, has said about the old Met.
“Basically he’s become the ‘king of queens’ and in free agency now he’s the ace of hearts for many GMs,” Boras said of Conforto during the agent’s media session at GM meetings baseball in Carlsbad, Calif., Wednesday.
“Certainly we have seen, from the level of interest, that everyone understands the COVID problem, which it has had in the first few months of the season,” Boras added of the bout. Conforto against the virus in February. “And I think everyone understands who, really, Michael is and what he means both in terms of leadership for the teams and, frankly, the level of interest has been overwhelming.”
Mets chairman and deputy chief executive Sandy Alderson said later in the day he would call Boras’ comments “a blow to a house of cards.”
Conforto hit free agency this offseason for the first time in his career. He spent eight years with the Mets organization, which drafted him in 2014. A year later, as a rookie, he helped the Mets qualify for the World Series.
Along with the Mets, he was named an All-Star in 2017, which Boras made sure to point out. He had also been part of the All-MLB second team in the 2020 season shortened by the pandemic.
“Conforto has been the King of Diamonds: Little League World Series, College World Series, and as a Met he’s been All-Star, he’s been a pennant, he’s been huge in the World Series,” Boras said. .
This season, Conforto has seen a sharp drop in offensive production. He finished 2021 with a slash line of .232 / .344 / .384, with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs. He’s only had 94 hits in 479 home plate appearances in 125 games this year. And at the start of August, former Mets manager Luis Rojas put Conforto on the bench amid one of his worst meltdowns of the season, so he could work on his swing.
But since his rookie year, he’s been the seventh-best outfielder in the National League by Wins Above Replacement.
The Mets made a qualifying offer of $ 18.4 million to Conforto, which he declined, making him an unrestricted free agent.
When asked if Conforto would like to return to the Mets, Boras said: “I think he’s a free agent and when the players become a free agent they know where they were. They have the opportunity to understand where they can go and they have to make that decision.
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