Early in the season, the Braves have struggled heavily at the plate. Outside of Matt Olson, Marcell Ozuna, and Austin Riley — Atlanta hasn’t generated much offense. Lefty Eddie Rosario is off to a freezing cold start, as is lefty free agent signing Alex Dickerson. Luckily, there’s a very good solution on the market:
It's not over yet, but Michael Conforto turning down a $100M+ extension from the Mets, and then turning down an $18.4M one year qualifying offer, may end up being one of the biggest contract blunders we've ever seen.
— Megill, D. Smith, Alvarez Fan Account (@OmarMinayaFan) April 7, 2022
Conforto may be looking to reset his market, which may work to the advantage of the Braves. We saw a similar situation when the Braves picked up Dallas Keuchel mid-season a few years back. Alex Dickerson is on a non-guaranteed deal, so he can be cut without any reprecussions. Conforto would still likely cost a decent chunk of change, but he could immediately provide the Braves with some juice in their lineup without giving up any prospects. Conforto put up a so-so .728 OPS last year, but he has shown tons of power in the past and would benefit from playing in Truist Park as a lefty. He could slide right into Alex Dickerson’s role, and if he plays well — could get the big contract he was seeking next offseason. If the price is right, I don’t think the Braves have anything to lose.
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