Outfielder Michael Conforto will choose to enter free agency after rejecting a qualified offer from the New York Mets, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Monday.
The Mets’ qualifying offer was $ 18.4 million for next season. If the offer is rejected, the Mets are entitled to draft pick compensation if Conforto signs with another team.
Conforto, 28, is coming off an uneven season that saw him drop to .232 / .384 / .729 with 14 homers and 55 RBIs. That came after the best year of his career in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, when he hit .322 with a .927 OPS.
The Mets also extended a qualifying offer to pitcher Noah Syndergaard. Players have until November 17 to accept or decline qualifying offers.