In arguably the biggest trade of the offseason, the New York Mets acquired All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor from the Cleveland Indians, in an effort to bolster the team’s offense as a part of their World Series aspirations.
However, Lindor joined the Mets in the final year of his current contract, meaning that he would be set to hit free agency following the conclusion of the 2021 season.
Seeing that the Mets gave up two of their best young players in Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez as a part of the Lindor trade, they certainly planned on extending him, and finally came to terms with an agreement just before the start of the season.
Late Wednesday night, the news broke that the Mets and Lindor had finally come to an agreement on an extension, with Francisco signing a new 10 year $341 million deal, making him the highest-paid shortstop in baseball.
Not only that, Lindor is now the third highest-paid player in the MLB, behind Mike Trout and Mookie Betts respectively.
The extension itself begins in 2022, meaning his previous contract for 2021 still stands, bringing the total value of his Mets contract to 11 years worth $363.3 million.
Let’s break down how much the Mets may pay Lindor per at-bat
Barring injury, Lindor will be the Mets starting shortstop for the 2021 season.
Originally, the Mets offered Lindor a 10-year contract worth $325 million, averaging $32.5 per year. However, his team countered and wanted a 12 year $385 million deal, averaging $32.08 million per year.
With the two parties coming to an agreement on this 10 year $341 million deal, in addition to the $22.3 million he was owed in 2021, over the next 11 years, Lindor will be averaging 33.03 million each season over the next 11 years.
While we don’t yet have the specific year-by-year breakdown of the deal, we’ll use this average yearly total as the basis of what the Mets will be paying him each year.
With that, we now need to determine his average at-bats per season, assuming he stays healthy and continues being the Iron-Man he was during his time in Cleveland.
Based on his averages from the 2016-2019 seasons with the Indians, which were the last full MLB seasons, Lindor averaged a total of 154.5 games per season, over which, he averaged 628.5 at-bats and 701.5 plate appearances.
With the first year of Lindor’s deal being worth approximately $33.03 million, then by that math, if he continues his career’s trends and has 628 plate appearances in 2021 for the Mets, he will be making approximately $52,595.54 per bat for the Mets over the next 11 years.
Based on Lindor’s average plate appearances of 701.5, from his contract’s yearly average, Lindor would be receiving $47,084.82 per plate appearance.
Regardless of how you break it down, the bottom line is Francisco Lindor is set to be a part of the Mets long term and is going to make a handsome sum of money doing so.
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Hopefully, he lives up to the high expectations that come along with his new contract, and Steve Cohen gets a good return on his investment.