Pat Ragazzo reported that the Houston Astros offered outfielder Michael Conforto a 2-year, $30 million contract. Conforto had until midnight on Aug. 31 to accept the deal, but he and his agent Scott Boras have declined, making Conforto ineligible to play in the postseason.
Conforto remains a free agent. He last played for the New York Mets in 2021 but the two sides did not agree to a deal, leaving the outfielder a free agent.
A main factor of Conforto still not being signed is that he reportedly suffered a shoulder injury during the last offseason while working out. Conforto decided to undergo surgery in April which more than likely left him not being able to play during the regular season, possibly playing in the playoffs depending on what team he signed with.
Astros are left looking for outfield help after Michael Brantley injury
It makes sense that the Astros reached out to Conforto due to the season-ending shoulder injury of outfielder Michael Brantley. Houston could use another outfielder especially come playoff time and if Michael Conforto was healthy for the postseason then it just made too much sense. It’s strange that Scott Boras and his team did not accept this deal. Conforto gets a multiyear deal and would be on a team that is capable of winning a world series every season.
This means that the Astros are still looking to add depth to the team and will possibly be all in on adding an outfielder next offseason.
As it stands now, the Astros have these options for the outfield:
- Yordan Alvarez (Day-to-Day)
- Trey Mancini
- Chas McCormick (Day-to-Day)
- Mauricio Dubon
- Kyle Tucker
- J.J. Matijevic
- Aledmys Diaz (10-Day IL)
A banged-up outfield that would be a huge blow to the Astros playoff run if one of them suffers an injury.