Michael Conforto was at Citi Field today to sign his new contract with the Mets. Also on hand were Scott Boras and fellow client Matt Harvey.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports first reported that the Mets reached an agreement with their first round pick and that the official announcement is pending a physical.
Conforto, a 21-year-old outfielder from Oregon State, was selected by the Mets with the No. 10 overall pick during the first round of this year’s Amateur Draft.
They initially agreed to a bonus two weeks ago, but were still working out the details to a basic agreement.
Conforto is considered to be very polished and is expected to move quickly through the system with some projecting a major league debut as soon as 2016. If there’s any truth to that, expect Conforto to be at Savannah when this season comes to an end.
Here’s the latest on the negotiations between the Mets and their top draft selection Michael Conforto.
The No. 10 overall pick agreed to a signing bonus at precisely $2.97 million slot value about two weeks ago, but they are still negotiating the terms of the deal according to what GM Sandy Alderson told Jon Heyman on Wednesday.
“There are three or four [mostly] non-financial clauses that we are talking about,” Alderson said, explaining the delay. ”I certainly expect this deal to get done.”
The deadline for signing players selected in this Friday, July 18.
Jim Callis of Baseball America has reported the Mets have agreed to terms with first-round pick, Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto, to a deal with a bonus of $2,970,800, the exact slot value assigned to that pick.
However Conforto immediately denied the report on Twitter saying:
Getting a lot of texts and phone calls asking if I have signed. I have not signed. Still in Redmond with my family and friends.
We will keep you updated…
Although he is a college bat with less leverage than a high school player, it was thought that Conforto and agent Scott Boras could get more than the slot value, but that did not happen.
In his junior season with Oregon State, Conforto hit .345/.504/.547 with seven home runs in 59 games. In 182 total college games, Conforto has a batting line of .340/.463/.557 with 31 home runs, 44 doubles, and four triples. He was considered by many experts to be the best college hitter in this year’s draft.