Goodbye Mets, hello Giants
Conforto is a Washington-born kid who would probably enjoy patrolling the outfield for the Seattle Mariners. I don’t think his dream will come true as they seem like a franchise more focused on building through the minor leagues.
Instead of returning as close to home as possible, I envision a future where Conforto signs with the San Francisco Giants. Although they are going through a slight rebuild right now, the team draws fans and can pull in even more when they are a winning club. When Conforto becomes a free agent, he can become one of their cornerstone players along with a few other additions ahead of the season.
The 2010s were kind to the Giants and I don’t think they want to struggle through a few more decades sans a championship. After they get their feet under them again, San Francisco is going to be a baseball hub for free agents looking to sign huge deals.
Conforto wouldn’t be the huge draw fans are hoping for, but he could end up as one of the complementary pieces to what they hope becomes a championship roster.
The ballpark in San Francisco isn’t the best place for a slugger yet it was also the home to the single-season home run champion. I don’t think Conforto is the kind of player who would sign somewhere to chase numbers anyway. When he hits free agency, the things on his mind should be about location, dollars, and a chance to win. I think the Giants could provide him with each.
I know this isn’t what Mets fans wanted to hear. On the bright side, he won’t call Philadelphia, Atlanta, or even the Bronx home.