Michael Conforto
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New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto would be open to signing a long-term deal and staying with his current team.

One of the reasons why the New York Mets are hovering around a spot for the National League Wild Card is due to the number of power hitters they have in the lineup. One of which is veteran outfielder Michael Conforto.

The 2017 All-Star hit his 30th home run of the season in an 11-1 victory over the Diamondbacks on Thursday. He’s proved to be one of the better bats for the Mets. And, when asked about the possibility of a long-term deal in New York, Conforto said he’d be open to it.

“I think that is always on players’ minds, they want to have that security and I know I am going to be under their control for the next two years so it’s kind of something that during the season, it’s not something I really want to talk about,” Conforto said this week, per Mike Puma of the New York Post. “When we get into the offseason and kind of leading up to spring training, I guess those conversations will be had, but I love it here and I would love to continue to play here.”

Conforto is subject for his second year of arbitration this winter. He’s under team control through the 2021 season. The 26-year-old has batted 82 runners in this year and is posting a slash line of .260/.361/.496 through 135 games.

The Mets and Conforto could revisit his contract situation during the offseason, but for now, they are laser-focused on that second Wild Card spot. The Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs are still in front of New York, but the surging Mets are winners of four straight after sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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