Francisco Lindor's got deal done before his opening day deadline. Mets had made their best and final offer of $325,000,000 over 10 years. He countered with $385 million over 12 years. Then Francisco Lindor agreed to a 10-year, $341 million deal.
In the ended he got want he wanted to earn more in a long-term deal than Fernado Tatis of the Padres who got $340 million over 14 years.
Mets owner Steve Cohen even had dinner with Lindor and still the native of Puerto Rico didn't yet accept the Mets more than generous best and supposedly final offer. His agent countered with 12 years $385 million.
No Mets player has every received a contract extension over $138 million for 8 years and look how that turned out. The last 2-3 years of David Wright's deal turned sour as he was often injured missing more than two seasons and was finally forced to retire. He dragged the Mets to the bank far too long.
Next biggest Mets contract was when the Wilpon's gave their ace Jacob deGrom a well-deserved $137.5 million over 5 years.
I thought the Mets and Steve Cohen needed to stand firm and not squirm. They didn't on the length of the contract, but gave Lindor $16 more million.
Mets 2021 season starts today April 1st on the road vs. the Nationals.
Former Mets GM, Jared Porter who lasted a mere month before his sex texting scandal, made this big offseason trade. He traded with Cleveland for Francisco Lindor who's 26 and starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco in a six-player deal that sent infielders Amed Rosario and Andrés Giménez to the Tribe.
Carrasco is already injured and won't pitch for awhile. Meanwhile, Lindor who is signed with the Mets for 1-year for $22.3 million.
Lindor who's 26 has been durable in the 5.5 seasons he's played in MLB. His best year to date was in 2018 when he hit 39 HRs and batted in 92 runs to go with a .277 average. His career stats are; 138 HRs to go with a .285 average in 6 seasons with Cleveland.
Mets in 2020 had a losing record in 60 games played and didn't make the playoffs under 1st year manager Luis Rojas. However, this deadline by Lindor leaves a bad taste in my mouth and to be asking for that much, sours me even more so.
I was hoping the Mets could first see how Lindor performs in a big market like New York before piling millions on his plate. I guess not. And what about OF Michael Conforto, who be an unrestricted free agent in 2022? It's not likely they will pay him the money his disliked Agent Scott Boras will be asking.
As a long-time Mets fan, I'm happy to see Lindor signed, but was more in favor of of offering him big money on a shorter deal; say for 5-6 years for about $160- $175 million.
Now let's see if this likely lifetime Mets player can get them again to the promise land; winning a World Series something that hasn't happened to the Mets since 1986.