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?