3) NY Mets rumors: A Michael Conforto reunion would’ve been bad
Is it really a Mets hot stove season without talks about Michael Conforto either getting extended or coming back? From about 2020-onward, there were always Mets rumors about a potential long-term relationship. It never did happen and Conforto ended up sitting out all of 2022. Now with the San Francisco Giants, we look to the heavens and thank Billy Eppler for not making this move.
After 26 games, Conforto is slashing .193/.311/.341. He does have four home runs but he has struck out 34 times for a massively bad rate after a month-plus. Instead of helping to turn the Giants’ fortunes around, Conforto is blending in as a minor contributor.
The thing about Conforto is he was never a very good fit at all for returning to Queens. He could’ve been on the roster instead of Tommy Pham which then raises the question of how much playing time Conforto could even get. The Mets would be overpaying for an outfielder to stick in one of the corners part-time.
Emotionally, it would’ve put us all through the same rollercoaster from 2021 when Conforto last played for the team. Enough time has passed where many of us have forgotten what a frustrating player he was in his final year with the Mets.
There is still a chance Conforto rumors return. Who doesn’t expect at some point during his current contract that there are rumblings of a potential trade with the Giants back to the Mets? It’s going to happen. We’re going to unite in not wanting to see it.