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The Chicago Cubs are linked to former New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto, according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post.

This isn’t the first time Heyman has connected Conforto to the Cubs this offseason. In late November, he claimed that the Cubs were considering the former All-Star, who was supposedly seeking a two-year deal with an opt-out. But that was before the organization decided to sign former MVP Cody Bellinger.

According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Conforto is back to full health and is still seeking a multi-year deal, per his agent Scott Boras.

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Could Michael Conforto’s Return Come in Chicago?

Michael Conforto hasn’t played in a game since 2021 due to a shoulder injury that kept him out for all of this past season. He was well on his way to a solid career before the injury. In his first seven seasons with the Mets, the lefty averaged 28 home runs, 30 doubles, 85 RBIs, and an .824 OPS per season. His best season arguably came in 2019 when he hit 33 home runs with 29 doubles, 92 RBIs, and an .856 OPS.

Although Conforto has put up respectable numbers throughout his career, is he a fit for the Chicago Cubs? After signing a Gold Glove centerfielder in Bellinger and having two solid corner outfielders already in 2022 NL All-Star Ian Happ, and Seiya Suzuki, the outfield seems to be set. Conforto could play centerfield if Bellinger shifts to first base, but he’s spent most of his career playing right field. Maybe he slides in at the DH spot and if his bat returns to his All-Star form, worst case scenario he’s a nice trade chip at the deadline.

With so many rumors spinning around this offseason, it’s hard to believe which ones are more of a pipe dream and which seem likely to happen. The Cubs’ connection to Conforto isn’t the first time Heyman has wrote about it this offseason, and he was the first person to report the Arson Judge to the San Francisco Giants signing, so who knows? Maybe he’s right about this one too.