Yankees: NYY had pre-lockout interest in former Mets All-Star outfielder; Will you still be on his radar?

Before the lockout, the New York Yankees were interested in outfielder Michael Conforto. The Bronx Bombers join the Colorado Rockies and Miami Marlins as the only teams publicly linked to the Conforto market, though more than a dozen teams reportedly reached out to the former All-Star at the start of the free-agent period.

With that platform year in mind, there was speculation that the 29-year-old, 6-foot-5 Conforto could be open to a short-term deal with an opt-out clause, or perhaps just a one-year deal:

Such an arrangement would allow Conforto to quickly re-enter free agency next winter in what he certainly hopes will be on the heels of a stronger 2022 season, not to mention a normal offseason that won’t be interrupted by a lockout.

That said, if Conforto were open to a short-term deal, he could fit the Yankees’ reported preference for such deals. New York offered a one-year, $25 million deal to another free agent QO in Justin Verlander before Verlander re-signed with the Astros, and the Yankees’ reported post-lockout plan is to monitor the shortstop market to see if there are important names (i.e. Carlos Correa or Trevor Storywhich they have not yet signed) could be modified to a shorter-term agreement.

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It stands to reason that the Yankees could expand this strategy beyond shortstop and to any high-profile free agent like Conforto who can address other areas of need on the Bombers’ roster, without tying the club to a prolonged commitment.

Raphael Martinez

I am a fan of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and all Mexican baseball in general. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterruptedly since 2009), signatures of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, although as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I have baseball in my veins. Degree in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and a reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I arrived at El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services at Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and a few days later, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. This is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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Yankees: NYY had pre-lockout interest in former Mets All-Star outfielder; Will you still be on his radar?