MLB: The most valuable right fielders of 2019

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 09: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers makes a catch on the wall on a hit by Howie Kendrick #47 of the Washington Nationals for an out in the fourth inning of game five of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 09: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers makes a catch on the wall on a hit by Howie Kendrick #47 of the Washington Nationals for an out in the fourth inning of game five of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
4 of 11
Next
(Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

8. Michael Conforto, New York Mets, $9.020 million value; $4.025 million salary

Arriving from Oregon State in 2015, Conforto has mixed his obvious slugging ability with some complementary offensive skills. In 2019 he batted .257 with 63 extra base hits, 33 of them home runs, and 84 bases on balls.

His 128 OPS+ demonstrates that Conforto’s offensive game has matured. He generated a 3.5 WAR in 2019, 9th best at the position and good for $6.556 million in on-field value.

Runners mistakenly assumed they could take a base on Conforto, allowing him to compile eight outfield assists. That ranked seventh at the position and valued out at $872,000. Conforto’s 1,280 innings of work, fifth best, added a final $1.592 million in value.

Conforto was awarded $4.025 million in his first year of arbitration last winter. He is projected to double that when his arbitration case is heard this winter, but that will only emulate his actual on-field value.

The Mets acquired Jake Marisnick last month in exchange for two minor leaguers, but Marisnick is likely to serve only as Conforto’s backup and insurance policy. As long as he’s pushing or exceeding 30 home runs, and as long as he’s doing so for less than $10 million, Conforto will have a spot in right field.