MLB Rumors: Blue Jays "Continue To Be In" On Former All-Star Outfielder

The Toronto Blue Jays have been watching most of their free agent targets fly off the shelves to other teams, and are still left with an empty shopping cart, much to the chagrin of their fans. 

But they're still in the mix for some of the remaining free agents, including a much-needed left-handed bat for the outfield. 

"The Blue Jays...continue to be in on (Michael) Conforto" says Jays Insider Ben Nicholson-Smith said on a Sportsnet podcast Wednesday. "Conforto does have a lifetime .824 OPS and he is (only 29, 30 years old). I'm kind of intrigued by that."

Recently, Toronto has been linked as a suitor to the former New York Mets All-Star (2017). He missed the entire 2022 season nursing a shoulder injury suffered in a personal workout last January, and had a down year in 2021, meaning that his agent Scott Boras is looking for a one-year deal to try to re-establish Conforto's value.

"I was told by a source yesterday that Conforto is back to full baseball activity," MLB Insider Jon Morosi said recently. "He'd be considered as a fully healthy player for spring training.

"A one-year deal for a still relatively-young player is a really appealing way to do that, and then step out into the free agent market a year from now again."

The Jays opened up a spot in the outfield by trading slugger Teoscar Hernandez to the Seattle Mariners, and are desperate to fill it with a left-handed bat. 

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