Brewers: 3 Free Agents from MLBTR’s Top 50 List Predicted to the Crew

Matt Carroll
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 31: Jorge Soler #12 of the Atlanta Braves bats during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Truist Park on July 31, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Edward M. Pio Roda/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 31: Jorge Soler #12 of the Atlanta Braves bats during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Truist Park on July 31, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Edward M. Pio Roda/Getty Images) /
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ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 02: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets reacts with teammates after hitting a ball deep for a home run during the eighth inning of the game against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on October 2, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

2. OF Michael Conforto

Now if the Brewers are going to spend big money on an outfielder, MLBTR’s Anthony Franco has the player for you. And he has more solid of a track record in the majors too.

Michael Conforto had an off season by his standards in 2021. A bit over a month on the injured list in May and June may have had something to do with it, but one way or another, it ended up with him slashing .232/.344/.384 with 14 homers in 125 games when all was said and done.

But it’s his previous history that will make Conforto a hot commodity this offseason. Going into last season, he had a career slash line of .259/.358/.484 with 118 homers and 341 RBIs in 632 games, all with the New York Mets. That came with a career OPS+ of 128, much better than the average 101 OPS+ he had last season.

He can hold his own in the field well enough too with a career -2 defensive runs saved across all three outfield positions. Safe to say that is much better than what Soler provides seeing as he has an awful -50 DRS for his career in the field.

Did I mention that Conforto has primarily been a right fielder, the exact position vacated by Garcia, for the last three years?

Of course the issue here again is the price tag. Conforto already rejected the $18.4MM qualifying offer given to him by the Mets, and is projected by MLBTR to sign a one-year deal for $20MM this offseason.

That combined with the fact that agent Scott Boras will likely find a way to earn his client a nice payday probably puts him out of Milwaukee’s range. Fans can dream though, right?

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