On the eve of his first sport because the Mets’ shortstop, Francisco Lindor set a franchise report late Wednesday night time: He turned the highest-paid participant in staff historical past.
Lindor and the Mets agreed to a 10-year, $341 million contract extension that begins in 2022, in response to an individual with direct data of the settlement. The individual was granted anonymity as a result of the staff had not formally made the announcement.
Lindor, 27, joined the Mets from Cleveland in a six-player commerce on Jan. 7. His new deal, coupled along with his $22.three million wage for 2021, signifies that the brand new Mets’ proprietor, Steven A. Cohen, has dedicated $363.three million to Lindor, shattering the earlier report for a Mets participant: an eight-year, $138 million contract with the previous third baseman David Wright.
Only two players have richer contracts than Lindor: the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (12 years, $426.5 million) and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts (12 years, $365 million). Like Lindor, Betts signed just before opening day last year after coming to his new team in a trade.
The Mets can only hope that their union with Lindor works as well as the Dodgers’ with Betts, who had starred for the Boston Red Sox. In Betts’s debut season in Los Angeles, the Dodgers won their first World Series title since 1988. The Mets have an even longer drought; their last championship was in 1986.
For Cohen, the hedge fund billionaire who is said to be the richest owner in baseball, the deal caps a busy first off-season. Previously a minority owner of the Mets — the team he has loved since childhood — Cohen spent a record $2.475 billion to buy the franchise from the Wilpon family, promising to spend much more aggressively, but also wisely.
To that end, he installed a seasoned hand as team president: Sandy Alderson, the general manager of the Mets’ last pennant winner, in 2015. Cohen put cash behind Alderson’s calculated, rational approach; despite their newfound wealth, the Mets did not simply outbid the field for every appealing free agent.
They bolstered the roster throughout, signing catcher James McCann, reliever Trevor May, starter Taijuan Walker and others. But the trade for Lindor and starter Carlos Carrasco was the true coup, and reaching a long-term deal, just before Lindor’s self-imposed opening day deadline, gives the Mets a star cornerstone through 2031.
McCann and Walker seemed especially excited about the deal on Twitter late Wednesday, with McCann writing that he couldn’t sleep, citing the extension and opening day. Walker was succinct: