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Mets, first-round pick Conforto hammer out deal pending physical

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Michael Conforto, the first-round pick of the Mets, has an agreement with the club, pending a physical.

Conforto was reported to be in agreement on a bonus weeks ago, with the $2.97 million slot figure first reported by Jim Callis of MLB.com. However, some sticky language issues held up the deal until now.

This is a key signing for the Mets since one area of need recently cited by a Mets official is left field. Not only is Conforto a left fielder, he is expected to move quickly, as an advanced hitter who starred at Oregon State University.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson was quoted in this space last week saying there were three or four side issues, mostly non-financial, that were still being discussed but expressed faith the deal would get done.

It isn't known what issues the sides were discussing, but the Mets usually ask players to agree to an "abandonment" clause, where the darftee agrees to return a portion of the signing bonus if he quits baseball within a specified length. Some other teams like to include that clause, as well, and Alderson said that "virtually all" Mets draftees have such a clause.

Conforto was the No. 10 pick overall.

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