With less than 24 hours to go before Opening Day, the New York Mets came to an agreement late Wednesday night with shortstop Francisco Lindor. The deadline to negotiate set by the player for a long-term agreement got dangerously close to ticking down.
Fortunately, with both sides wanting to come to an agreement, the two parties settled on a massive 10-year deal worth $341 million.
The Mets paid for the next few generations of Lindor Family college tuition
Lindor is known for a few things. Along with his talent on the field, it’s his big smile. Fans have been treated to the pearly whites this spring as the newest superstar addition to the franchise showed us the goods all March-long.
Following this news first dropped by the great Jon Heyman, Mets fans across the world suddenly had something in common with Lindor as well.
No, it wasn’t the size of the paycheck. Keep dreaming.
It was the big smile on orange and blue faces.
Was there ever any doubt a deal wouldn’t get done?
Mets fans were optimistic about a deal getting done all spring long. After all, Lindor came into camp with blue hair. You don’t commit to something like this unless you’re happy with your current situation.
Lindor came to the Mets under a circumstance outside of his choice. He wasn’t a free agent who chose to sign with the Mets. Rather, he was a trade victim sent to a city he has never called home.
Embraced by his teammates, the fans, and now $341 million dollars and a ten-year commitment, Lindor is one happy camper—or at least I have to think so. I was happy after the last raise I got at work. Without giving too much detail into my salary, Lindor will probably earn more per game than I do in a year.
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Mets fans can finally breathe. Opening Day hits us in a few hours. Lindor is signed for good. The power of Steve Cohen’s wallet has been flashed. Let’s grin and gloat a bit. Baseball is back.