Mets: Three Francisco Lindor predictions for the 2021 season
Francisco Lindor agrees to a contract extension by the end of Spring Training
When the New York Mets pulled the trigger on the trade with the Cleveland Indians for Francisco Lindor, the looming question that surrounded the organization next was whether the front office would be able to sign him long-term. The organization certainly has the funds to do so with a billionaire owner now in tow. With the front office also trading both Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez to Cleveland in the Lindor deal, they essentially have put themselves in a position to believe a deal can be worked out.
Lindor has already disclosed he will not negotiate a new contract during the regular season as his sole focus will be on playing baseball. The organization’s negotiating window is technically from the moment they acquired him on January 7th until Opening Day on April 1st.
Lindor and the Mets agreed to a one-year contract worth $22.3 million back on January 15th to avoid an arbitration hearing. But what makes the deal more interesting, other than going avoiding the arbitration process with their new star player, is the fact that they paid him slightly more than was widely expected. Many around baseball believed Lindor would receive a salary of around $20 million and some change, but with the Mets coming in higher, it could serve as a great negotiation tactic moving forward.
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Ultimately I don’t believe the Mets leave Lindor’s future hanging in the balance going into Opening Day. I believe a deal gets done by the end of Spring Training somewhere in the range of 8 years and around $250 million to keep Lindor in Queens.