After an unusually long waiting period, the New York Mets finally signed their first round draft pick. The Mets and Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto agreed to terms on a deal pending a physical, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports. The two sides had agreed to a 2.97 million dollar signing bonus figure several weeks ago, but the deal had been held up by several language issues in the contract.
Heyman reports in his article that one of the language issues may have been an "abandonment" clause that allows a team to recoup some of the signing bonus money if a prospect chooses to quit baseball. The Mets have used the clause in almost all their draft contracts under General Manager Sandy Alderson, so it looks as if this could have been one of the sticking points for Conforto's camp. The deal is done now though, and Conforto could be assigned to a minor league affiliate within a few weeks.
It was important for the Mets to get this deal with Conforto done as quickly as possible. Conforto was widely regarded as the best college hitter in the draft, and could move quickly through the minor leagues. Heyman wrote in his report that Conforto could fill the club's void in left field "soon", and given Conforto's advanced hitting approach he could start out in a higher level of minor league play. Some outlets speculated the Mets could start Conforto as high as AA Binghamton, but a cameo with the Brooklyn Cyclones and finishing the season at Port St. Lucie seems a likely approach. Seeing how quickly Conforto can get up to speed could be critical for the Mets' offseason plans.Tags: Baseball, Jon Heyman, Michael Conforto, MLB, New York, New York Mets