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Is Rangers the most likely place for Michael Conforto to appear?

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Made Rangers Michael Comfort casually over the summer and maintained interest in the free midfielder all season, Reporting by Evan Grant from the Dallas Morning News. This interest has led to recent conversations with client Scott Boras, who He said earlier in the offseason Conforto was looking at a two-year contract with the opportunity to withdraw after the first season.

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Texas isn’t alone in its flirtation with Conforto. Reporting by Ken Rosenthal from The Athletic That the Blue Jays and Mets still seem interested, too. (The Mets, of course, are the only team Conforto has ever played for.) Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post adds (via Twitter) that the Rockies signed in but were not seen as a potential touchdown spot. Saunders lists the Cubs, Marlins, and Rangers as the most important teams bidding for Conforto. Seattle and Houston It was associated with Conforto Earlier in the offseason, though, the Astros Reunion With Michael Brantley She seems to take them out of the Conforto mix.

The Rangers are the most common conforto, though that doesn’t guarantee he’ll be a good fit at Globe Life Field in 2023. That said, the Texans have had a clear need for at least one starter all season but have so far focused free agent and trade chases on pitchers. Conforto, March 30, would be a risky investment in a multi-year deal, but it would come with a huge upside; The former first-round pick posted a combined .265/.369/.495 hitting streak with 97 home runs, 86 doubles, three triples, a 12.7% walk rate and a 24.4% strikeout rate in 1,959 plate appearances from 2017-20.

Conforto’s platform a year before reaching free agency, however, was disappointing. That was followed by a solid four-year run with the infantry hitting line. Draft selection based on the strength of his overall record. It didn’t happen before the lockout last winter, however, and Conforto suffered an off-season shoulder injury that required surgery in the spring. Despite interest from the Astros and an apparent offer from the Rangers, Conforto did not sign over the summer, instead ostensibly preferring to wait for an unofficial deal and a perfectly healthy return to baseball. (Had he played the previous summer, it is thought he would have been limited to assigned batting duties).

Some teams are concerned about throwing Conforto in the wake of that surgery, Rosenthal suggests, even though he currently throws from 150 feet away. For the Rangers, Conforto would probably go into left field, given Adolis Garciain the right field. That may help assuage some concerns about his arm strength – if the Texans have any at the moment. The Rangers were the worst left fielders in the NL last season, hitting an aggregate of .186/.253/.255. Each of these rate stats ranked last in the majors, as did the resulting 47 wRC+. Incredibly, Texas gave 13 different players a left field look last season.

While the Rangers stand clear and perhaps best for Conforto, the other reported suitors are all reasonable landing points, to varying degrees. The Blue Jays have almost a full lineup and they’ve seen Lourdes Gurriel Jr.His offensive contributions are diminishing in recent seasons. Gurriel still posted a solid . 291 average in 2022, but his strength has faded and his defensive scores aren’t particularly strong. GM Ross Atkins He said only yesterday that his focus has been shifting to upgrading the offense—ideally by adding a left-handed batter who can get into the field. Conforto checks a lot of boxes for them. As with the Rangers, Conforto will likely come into left field with Toronto, easing potential concerns about his arm.

Meanwhile, the Mets already have a crowded roster and a bloated payroll, but owner Steve Cohen and GM Billy Eppler don’t seem to be deterred by either of those factors. Conforto could be a factor in Buck Showalter’s lineup as a left fielder and designated hitter, possibly pushing Daniel Vogelbach to a more bench role than the DH platoon role he’s currently assigned. It may not be particularly appropriate, but perhaps the Mets feel like they’ll be a deeper and better team by adding the Conforto, which could clash. There is a reputation (who struggled after his acquisition over the summer) or an expensive catcher James McCann from the list.

The Cubs stadium is pretty much set up, with Ian HappAnd the Cody Bellinger And the siya suzuki Line up left to right, but there are plenty of opportunities for Conforto to join the mix and rotate through the corners of the outfield and specific hitter. Neither the Rockies nor the Marlins are ideal matches, but it’s worth noting that they researched a potential match for Conforto. Both teams need more central players than a corner player. Colorado can drive Randall Grechuk to center, but generally ranks as a better right field defender. Meanwhile, Miami already has a pair of cornerbacks – Avisil GarciaAnd the Jorge Soler — in search of a rebound, though the latter numbers spending the bulk of his time as designated hitter in 2023.

Between a fair number of interested teams and a sneaking boom of free agent deals that allow players to return to the market early in the next season, Conforto’s chances of hitting that goal of a multi-year deal with an opt-out seem slim. Maybe.

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