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Michael Conforto: Brodie Told Me I'm Part Of Long-Term Plan

Mets OF Chatted With Ed Coleman

March 03, 2019 - 5:20 pm
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By WFAN.com

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto came back from shoulder surgery and struggled early on. He picked it up late in the season and got really hot in September. Conforto finished the season with 28 homers and 82 RBI. 

With an entire offseason now under his belt, things are looking up for the 26-year-old slated to play every day in right field this season. 

"The consistency is what you get in the offseason. The muscle memory is what can carry you through the season when you have to go out there every single day and compete," Conforto told WCBS Mets reporter Ed Coleman. "I don't think I got to the point where things were consistent. Some days it would feel like I was working on something different every day. That can be a really tough thing when you're trying to compete at the big league level. Coming in this year, I feel a lot more consistent. I feel like my body is in a better position when I'm hitting. I was able to work on a number of different things as well....my outfield work, my baserunning, running in general, trying to get an extra step. A lot of good things this offseason. A lot more work to be done, but I'm looking forward to it." 

The Mets haven't always had great hitters from top to bottom in their lineup. Conforto sees this offense being completely different from the past years.

"There's no break in the lineup," Conforto said. "There's gonna be star hitters everywhere in the lineup..guys who have had significant success in the big leagues. We're not going to be giving people a break. I think we're going to take the right approach into this season." 

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Conforto was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. He agreed to a one-year, $4.025 million deal. With the success Conforto has had with the Mets, has there been talk of a long-term deal?

"There definitely hasn't been serious negotiations," Conforto said. "I have talked to Brodie...nothing numbers wise, anything like that...him just saying we see you as part of the long-term future of this team. The plan that they have in place, he just wanted to let me know that I'm involved in that plan. That's about as far as it's gone...if you can even call that extension type of talk. Going through arbitration, it's obviously in any player's career. I'm glad that we got it done. I'm glad that we got it settled and I can just focus on this year playing baseball. As far as I'm concerned that's the only thing I'm focused on right now is just playing ball. Everything else will fall into place as it should." 

You can listen to the entire conversation between Conforto and Eddie C. above. 

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