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When the Cleveland Indians traded shortstop Francisco Lindor to the New York Mets this offseason, many expected the Mets to lock Lindor into a long term contract right away.
What they likely didn’t expect was for Lindor to say ‘nope’ to a deal that could pay a massive $325 million for 10 seasons in the Big Apple.
“It takes two people to sign a contract, not one,” Cohen told Mets radiocaster Wayne Randazzo in an interview that aired Monday.
Reports Monday say that Lindor isn’t in the mood to ink a 10-year deal in New York, and instead is holding out for a 12-year deal worth $385 million.
When is enough enough?
The $325 million is reportedly the ‘best and final’ offer the Mets are going to make. Lindor doesn’t seem deterred by his demands, so it appears that we’ll be hearing about this potential deal even into 2022.
As pointed out in the NY Post, Lindor’s offer of $325 million does fall short of the $340 million the Padres guaranteed Fernando Tatis Jr., the most ever for a shortstop.
The ego could be the downfall for Lindor as he likely wants to be the highest paid shortstop in MLB history.
As longtime sports writer Gary Myers tweeted, with this deal, Lindor would walk away with $200,617.28 PER GAME, a massive amount of money and money that blue collar America simply cannot relate to, especially after the pandemic cost many their jobs.
Lindor is going to take plenty of heat for not seeing the value of the contract and signing it, while the Mets may already regret bringing Lindor to New York and trading away some prospects that could have helped them in the future.
Either way, it’s an ugly look for Major League Baseball – again.