The hours on hours of anxiety for New York Mets fans are finally over as Francisco Lindor will spend the rest of his career in Queens. Deliberations have concluded, and Lindor accepted a 10-year, $341 million extension, which begins after 2021 concludes.
SS Francisco Lindor and Mets reportedly agree to 10-year extension, per Jon Heyman. pic.twitter.com/PqtvEAALRi
— MLB (@MLB) April 1, 2021
Lindor’s new contract earns him a million more than Fernando Tatis Jr. and is the third-largest total ever given. This puts him right behind the record-breaking deals of Mike Trout and Mookie Betts. Lindor’s deal has no opt-outs, around $50 million in deferral money, and a limited no-trade clause.
If the Mets and Lindor could not agree on a deal before his deadline, it would have become a lingering distraction all season. It may have even pushed Mets fans to unfairly boo him during their home opener. With the extension, the Mets locked up their next face of the franchise who hopes to bring home the first World Series championship since the 1986 season.
The pessimistic fan can no longer claim that Steve Cohen is all talk. Within three months, he revamped a depleted roster the Wilpons left him and made history with Lindor’s new contract. They have crept back into the major market of teams and are ready to compete with the Los Angeles Dodgers for years to come. Of course, Michael Conforto’s contract extension is the next one on the table, but there is a much longer timetable for his.