Thursday, April 22, 2021

Mets and Francisco Lindor reportedly agreed to 10-year, $ 341 million extension and Twitter explodes with joy

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The New York Mets came out and acquired the Francisco Lindor shortstop in a blockbuster in January.

On Wednesday, about an hour before the clock reached opening day, which was the All-Star self-imposed deadline for a deal to be made, the team locked it up for a decade. to $ 341 million, according to several sources. The news came about an hour after rumors circulated that the two sides were at a standstill. But then the doors opened and the money flowed and the Mets got their infielder inked.

The contract begins in 2022 when the 27-year-old, four-time All-Star, twice Gold Glove and twice Silver Slugger was due to become a free agent after that season. By Andy Martino from SNY it contains a limited no-trade clause and no opt-out option.

Lindor’s deal puts him third among the majors – behind Mike Trout ($ 426.5 million) and Mookie Betts ($ 365 million) and $ 1 million ahead of compatriot Fernando Tatis Jr. – for the contract on richer in the league. And, according to SNY, this is the biggest contract extension in Mets franchise history, ahead of David Wright (eight-year-old, $ 138 million) and his Lindor teammate and two-time Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom (five-year-old , $ 137.5 million).

It’s all a turn of events for the Mets with new owner Steven Cohen. Under their former owner, the club was unwilling to spend freely. There are winds of change at Citi Field (and not just those crossing the field).

A few days ago, Cohen spoke about eating out with Lindor and discussing his contract extension. on ravioli and parma chicken. He crowdsourced what the numbers should be on Twitter after that the two sides seemed separate in terms of money and term. And now he’s locked down the Mets’ best daily shortstop since 2011 National League defending champion Jose Reyes.

Of course, Twitter was very happy – including some of Lindor’s teammates, who should have been sleeping with the season opener against the Nationals on Thursday.

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