Outfielder Michael Conforto is still a free agent following the first few games of the 2022 MLB season. But that may not be the case for much longer. The Cleveland Guardians and Boston Red Sox reportedly reached out to Conforto on Monday.
The Guardians, who seemed unwilling to spend any kind of significant money during the offseason, have recently changed their tune. Cleveland has extended Jose Ramirez, Emmanuel Clase, and Myles Straw all within the past two weeks. Their sudden willingness to spend money and desperate need for outfield help makes them a perfect fit for Conforto.
But the Red Sox would also make sense as a destination for the left-handed outfielder. Boston currently has an outfield that consists of Alex Verdugo, Kike Hernandez, and Jackie Bradley Jr.
Bradley Jr is a tremendous defensive player but has labored with the bat over the past couple of seasons. Michael Conforto would be a nice offensive upgrade. He also might benefit from Pesky’s Pole and the short right field fence.
The MLB world was surprised when Michael Conforto did not land a post-lockout deal with a team. However, it was recently revealed that he suffered a minor injury in January which delayed his free agency. He was originally linked to the Mets and Padres, but now it appears the Red Sox and Guardians are the leading candidates for Michael Conforto.
Conforto holds a career .255/.356/.468 slash line with an .824 OPS. He should be in line for a nice payday once a contract finally comes to fruition.