The New York Mets have worked hard to change the culture around the organization. Among those moves includes the Mets acquiring star shortstop Francisco Lindor in a blockbuster trade. As the start of the 2021 season quickly approaches, it may see Francisco Lindor wind up making a regrettable $385 million mistake.
Mets acquire Francisco Lindor
Following the change in ownership this offseason, the New York Mets didn’t waste any time making a massive move.
In early January, The Mets pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal to acquire All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Carlos Carrasco in a six-player trade. Lindor has developed into one of the game’s best all-around talents, but his time in Cleveland didn’t include a lucrative long-term deal ahead.
In the weeks before the trade, the Mets were heavily linked to the Indians as the favorites to land him. All that led to New York acquiring one of the game’s best talents in the prime of his career. Lindor has built an impressive resume with four All-Star selections, two Gold Gloves awards, and two Silver Slugger awards.
New York possesses a star that they could build around for the long haul. However, the two sides have struggled to navigate toward working out an extension before the start of the 2021 season.
As opening day quickly approaches, the conversation has quickly heated up in the days ahead of opening day.
Mets superstar Francisco Lindor may be making a foolish $385 million mistake
Since the Mets acquired Francisco Lindor, the dialogue has quickly shifted toward his contract situation.
Lindor is currently on a one-year, $22.3 million deal that would allow him to become a free agent next offseason. With that pending scenario still lingering, the Mets have worked diligently toward hammering out a contract with their star shortstop.
However, things look to have hit a significant snag with the extension talks as Lindor’s eyes are on a much larger contract. Tim Healey of Newsday is reporting that the 27-year-old countered the Mets’ “best and final” offer for $325 million over 10 years for $385 million over 12 years.
The Mets offer would have tied Lindor as the fifth-highest paid player in the league alongside Giancarlo Stanton. He would only trail Mike Trout ($430 million), Mookie Betts ($365 million), Fernando Tatis Jr. ($340 million), and Bryce Harper ($330 million).
Lindor’s counteroffer would give him the second-largest contract in league history behind Trout. His desire deal adds two more years to the proposed extension valued at $60 million more.
With the start of the 2021 season less than two days away, it puts the entire matter in a pressure-filled spot to work it all out.
Costly financial risks could lie ahead
It’s quite clear that the Mets have a strong desire to make Francisco Lindor the centerpiece of their franchise over the next decade.
New York has shown plenty of comfort paying Lindor well into his late 30s to keep him aboard. That alone runs the risk of his performance not meeting expectations of his salary at that stage of his career.
Meanwhile, Lindor is playing with fire with his counteroffer as the Mets are already willing to shell out north of $300 million. It may be a ploy to get a little more out of the Mets, but it could run the risk of him missing out on securing that deal down the line.
If Lindor doesn’t sign a new deal before the 2021 season, there is the risk of injury that could prevent him from garnering that type of money on any proposed offers. It’s a chance that he may be willing to take, but it may be a decision he winds up regretting.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.