The Toronto Blue Jays are looking for help to get them back in the lead for the AL playoff race. According to player agent Scott Boras, one player they are looking into is outfielder Michael Conforto.
Boras told Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman of the New York Post that Conforto has a few teams interested in him. When asked to tell which specific teams had their eyes on the former New York Mets All-Star, Boras clearly tipped off that his client is garnering attention from Toronto.
Asked jokingly if he could name the interested teams alphabetically, Boras played along, saying, “Well, let’s see. . .” He then added, “They’re all in the United States except one.”
That may have been a hint that Toronto is involved. The Blue Jays are known to want to add a left-handed bat.
Conforto went unsigned this offseason due to a shoulder injury that he underwent surgery for it in April. He could make a return in September, just in time for the postseason, if his rehab continues to go well.
Last season with the Mets, Conforto recorded 95 hits and 125 games. He posted a triple slash of .232/.344/.384 and 14 home runs. The 2017 All-Star has never posted an OPS+ below 95 in any season and could become a solid bench bat once he recovers.
Toronto’s AL East rivals, the Boston Red Sox, were one of many teams to show interest in signing Conforto. The Blue Jays adding more firepower couldn’t hurt, as they are only seven games above .500 and are in the thick of a crowded playoff race.