The New York Mets have reached an agreement on a long-term extension with Shortstop Francisco Lindor valued at approximately $ 340 million, Jon Heyman reports. Several other reports put the deal at $ 341 million over a decade. That number makes Lindor’s extension the third largest contract in MLB history and the largest ever shortstoped.
Lindor, who had set an opening day for a new deal, was due to meet the free agency this winter. Instead, the Mets appear to have locked the All-Star in just hours before time ran out. Lindor’s new contract doesn’t start until the 2022 season, which means the Mets have secured his services for the next 11 years. Lindor’s salary for 2021 will be $ 22.3 million. According to Joel ShermanThe contract contains deferred funds, but no opt-outs. A partial no-trade clause is also part of the deal.
The 27-year-old Lindor was acquired by Cleveland in January as part of a six-player deal. The Mets also scored an injured starter Carlos Carrasco in this business and sent out infielders Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez and perspectives Josh Wolf and Isaiah Greene.
Lindor has fought .277 / .343 / .502 (122 OPS +) with 78 home runs and 53 stolen bases in the past three seasons. Taking into account his above-average defense at shortstop, he was worth 13.9 wins over replacement, who, according to calculations by Baseball Reference, was the tenth highest among the positional players during this period.
Lindor will start the season after four All-Star Games and win two Gold Glove Awards and two Silver Slugger Awards. In four of his five full seasons he was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award.
After Lindor’s most recent dinner with Mets owner Steve Cohen, the team made a supposedly 10-year $ 325 million deal. However, it was reported that Lindor was demanding $ 385 million over a 12 year period. At the time, a dead end seemed to be due to conversation. However, as the self-imposed deadline approached, both sides moved towards the center and reached an agreement that Lindor will keep in Queens for years to come. Lindor gets life-changing money, the Mets get a franchise cornerstone, and Cohen makes up for the bravery he brought up at the start of his tenure.
This is the second year in a row that a top player in his wandering year has been traded to sign an extension before making his regular season debut with his new club. Mookie Betts did the same with that Los Angeles Dodgers last year, just a few months after it was shipped from the Boston Red Sox.
Even if Lindor is taken off the market, winter could have an unusually heavy collection of short stops. Trevor story, Carlos Correa, Javier Baez, and Corey Seager are four such names to watch out for. Our Matt Snyder recently covered the situation of these players in more depth.
Lindor is now the fifth player to sign an extension worth at least $ 300 million. The previous four were Betts, Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton, and Fernando Tatis Jr., who signed his own massive extension earlier this spring.