MLB Breaking News: The New York Mets and Francisco Lindor have agreed to a deal. The star shortstop has inked a 10-year extension worth $341 million dollars. This is the largest contract ever handed out to a shortstop, breaking the record that Fernando Tatis Jr. set earlier this offseason.
Lindor had set a deadline of Opening Day for working out a deal, and most reports were looking bleak for the two sides agreeing. Some fans were also preparing to boo Lindor if he didn’t agree to an extension.
The Mets had initially offered Lindor 10 years and $325 million, but Lindor’s camp had countered with 12 years and $385 million.
MLB Breaking News: Impact on the Mets
This contract provides a huge sigh of relief for the Mets and their fans. Lindor was arguably the best shortstop in a very talented class that was slated to hit the open market this fall. Furthermore, the Mets have a few other pending free agents, including Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, and Marcus Stroman. The team can now turn their attention to extending these players.
Lindor is entering his age-27 season. He is a four-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger, and two-time Gold Glover. Expect to see Lindor hitting in the middle of the Mets’ lineup and playing shortstop for the foreseeable future.
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