A few weeks after they agreed to basic terms of a deal, the Mets and first-round pick Michael Conforto have worked out final contractual details. Pending a physical, Conforto is now a Met.
The Mets had until July 18 to reach a deal with Conforto.
Conforto, 21, who was drafted 10th overall this past June from Oregon State, will likely open his Mets career in the coming days with Single-A Brooklyn.
The signing was always expected, but reports indicated that Conforto wanted to take some time off before beginning his professional career – which delayed the official announcement.
Conforto was viewed by many as the most well-rounded bat in the entire 2014 draft, and some have said that he’s advanced enough to start with Double-A Binghamton.
However, the Mets are likely to instead start him in Brooklyn but promote him quickly through the organization.
Keith Law of ESPN predicted that Conforto would be someone who hits 20 home runs and reaches base at a 40 percent clip during his peak, which would make him one of the most valuable hitters in the game.
A likely target for Conforto’s Mets debut is 2016, and there’s no reason to think that target is ambitious.