The New York Mets reached an agreement with shortstop Francisco Lindor on a 10-year contract extension worth 341 million dollars.
Lindor came to the Mets from the Cleveland Indians in a six-player trade during the off-season. The deal sent Andres Gimenez, Amed Rosario, Josh Wolf, and Isaiah Greene to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Lindor and Carlos Carrasco.
This is the third-largest contract in MLB history and the largest contract for a shortstop.
Lindor had said all spring that he would not negotiate once the season started. But, his team got the deal done just under his self-imposed deadline.
The contract extension will not take effect until 2022. That means that Lindor will be in the big apple for the next 11 years.
Lindor entering his sixth season in the major leagues has won numerous awards, including two Gold Glove Awards and two Silver Slugger Awards. He is a four-time All-Star team and received votes for the MVP award.
Lindor becomes the eight-player to sign an extension of over 300 million dollars, and now becomes the face of the franchise in New York as the Mets begin to rebuild and get back to the playoffs and, ultimately, a World Series.
Lindor is happy to put these negotiations behind him:
It’s a dream come true. A humbling experience. I wanted to yell and scream as loud as I can, but I was in a hotel room, so I couldn’t.
Although the negotiations proved to be contentious, both Lindor and the Mets got what they wanted:
My camp, we keep things very tight, but I was very optimistic. I knew Steve Cohen wanted it. And I knew Sandy Alderson wanted it. I wanted it. I knew something was going to happen. It was just a matter of getting to the sweet spot.
Lindor is happy to be with the Mets and says that there are many guys that have a passion for winning in the Mets locker room:
The group of guys we have in the clubhouse on a daily basis; they’re committed to winning, they want to improve, they want to get better every day. That says a lot. That’s what I look for in a franchise. One that wants to win, one that wants to get better that has guys who are class acts.
Now comes the hard part for Lindor, living up to the expectations of that huge 11-year contract. Lindor will be 38 when this contract expires. What kind of player will Lindor be in his mid to late thirties making north of 34 million dollars a year?
This deal is a win for Lindor. He now has the security of a long-term contract, becomes one of the highest players in the game, and will now be the face of a big market team.
This is a risky deal for the Mets because they are committing a ton of money to a player that may have diminishing skills seven to eight years into the contract.
This is also a deal that the Mets and new owner Steve Cohen had to get done. The Wilpon family, who previously owned the Mets, were some of the cheapest owners in baseball.
Even though they had a team in the largest media market, they would refuse to sign players to big contracts that could change the ball club’s fortunes short term.
The Mets fan now believes Cohen when he says he will bring a winner to New York and spend the money needed to make that happen.
The Francisco Lindor deal proves that Cohen is serious about winning.
What kind of Player will Lindor be at 38. Lindor had an unusual answer:
I’ll be a bad mother f—er.