Just before Opening Day kicked off on Thursday, the New York Mets were able to secure their franchise player with a long term deal. Shortstop Francisco Lindor is signing a 10-year, $341 million deal with his new team.
News of the new decade-long deal was originally broken by Jeff Passan with ESPN late on Wednesday night. His tweet read, “Francisco Lindor has a 10-year, $341 million deal with the New York Mets, source tells ESPN.”
Francisco Lindor has a 10-year, $341 million deal with the New York Mets, source tells ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 1, 2021
We don’t have to tell you how big this is for the Mets.
After purchasing the Mets in November, new owner Steve Cohen fulfilled a promise to do whatever it took to get this team to relevance. He did that with this blockbuster deal with the Cleveland Indians:
- Mets received: SS Francisco Lindor, RHP Carlos Carrasco
- Indians received: INF Andres Gimenez, INF Amed Rosario, RHP Josh Wolf, OF Isaiah Greene
Once they acquired Lindor, the goal was to lock him up long term. That has now been achieved, as the star shortstop won’t be a free agent until the 2032 season. And yes, New York will still be paying Bobby Bonilla when that contract expires.
Lindor is only 27 years old. He’s also a four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner.
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