On the eve of his first game as a Mets shortstop, Francisco Lindor had the highest record in franchise history on Wednesday night: he became the highest paid player in franchise history.
According to people familiar with the matter, Lindor and the Mets agreed to a 10-year, $341 million contract extension, which will begin in 2022. This person was granted anonymity because the team has not officially announced it.
Lindor, 27, joined the Mets from Cleveland on January 7 for a six-person trade. His new contract plus a salary of $22.3 million in 2021 means that the new Mets owner Steven A. Cohen has pledged $363.3 million to Lindo, breaking the Mets’ previous record: bigger than the former third baseman. David Wright̵
Lindor is a stylish and charming shooter who seems to be made in New York. He is a career .285 shooter and he hit 32 home runs in 2019. He averaged 20 steals per season, was selected to four All-Star teams, won two Golden Gloves and helped Cleveland enter the playoffs four times.
Only two players have richer contracts than Lindo: Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels (12 years, $426.5 million) and Muki Bates of the Los Angeles Dodgers (12 years, $365 million). Like Lindo, Bates signed before the opening day of last year after joining his new team for a deal last year.
The Mets can only hope that their alliance with Lindor and the Dodgers and Bates’ Dodgers can work together, the latter of whom played in the Boston Red Sox. During the Betts debut season in Los Angeles, the Dodgers won their first World Series championship since 1988. Their last championship was in 1986.
Hedge fund billionaire Cohen (Cohen) is the richest boss in baseball, and for this deal, the deal limited the busy first off-season. Previously, the minority owner of the Mets (he had fallen in love with this team since he was a child), Cohen spent a record $2.475 billion to purchase the team from the Wilpen family and promised to invest boldly. , But it is also wise.
To this end, he served as the hand of an experienced team chairman: Sandy Alderson, the general manager of the 2015 Mets’ last pennant championship. Despite their newfound wealth, the Mets have not simply surpassed this field in every attractive free agent.
They strengthened the entire lineup, signing receiver James McCann, substitute Trevor May, starting Taiwan Hua Walker and so on. However, Lindo’s deal with starter Carlos Carrasco was the real coup, and a long-term agreement was reached before Lindo’s self-set open day deadline, which would put the Mets before 2031. Become the cornerstone of stars.
McCann and Walker seemed to be particularly excited about the deal they concluded on Twitter on Wednesday night, and McCann stated that he could not sleep on the grounds of the extended and open day. Walker is concise:
The catcher Tomas Nido tweeted a picture to celebrate the moment: the clown standing under a pile of dollar bills. He tagged Lindor in the post.