On Wednesday, the New York Mets and Francisco Lindor agreed to a 10-year, $341 million extension that will be added to his current one-year commitment. He will be in Queens until his age-38 season.
That way, the Mets have the star player that new owner Steve Cohen and team president Sandy Alderson coveted since they took over the organization a few months ago. Lindor is third in Wins Above Replacement, or WAR, since the 2015 season, when he made his MLB debut.
When he became the highest-paid shortstop in the world, the Metsâ€™ star called his fiancÃ©e, then his sister, and then his dad according to the story told by MLB.comâ€™s Anthony DiComo. He told his father he wanted to scream, but Miguel Lindor told him not to. It was late on Wednesday.
â€œIâ€™m like, â€˜Pops, what are you talking about?â€™â€ Francisco Lindor said, laughing. â€œâ€˜You know when you drive down the highway and you see the billboard for the Powerball that says $300 million? Youâ€™re going to tell me youâ€™re not going to scream? Iâ€™m going to scream. I want to scream.â€™â€
â€œObviously, Iâ€™ve been working for this my whole entire life. It wasnâ€™t like I picked out a number and I got it,â€ he said.
The Mets could get the deal done after days of negotiations
Now, after a few days of seemingly hard stances by both camps, the Mets and the playerâ€™s, he can say he got more money than Fernando Tatis, who recently signed a 14-year, $340 deal with the San Diego Padres, and surpassed Mookie Bettsâ€™ present-day value. His plan is to make New York his home.
â€œI know I havenâ€™t been to New York, but the guys, the boys made me feel comfortable around them,â€ Lindor said. â€œThey made me a part of what they have in the clubhouse, and I love that. I love the opportunity that I have to bring a championship to the city of Queens.â€
He is prepared to be the Metsâ€™ franchise player. â€œWhen you talk about being the face of an organization, the face of baseball, also a Latin player,â€ manager Luis Rojas said, â€œitâ€™s because of his personality. That should be natural for him, just because of all the things he does with his demeanor. And itâ€™s consistent every day.â€
â€œThis logo right here means a lot,â€ Lindor said, pointing to the N and Y in his clothes. â€œIâ€™ve got to go out there every single day and defend it, and play as hard as I can for this, for what I have on my chest. Thatâ€™s what it means. That number next to me? Thatâ€™s what it means. Those are 341 million reasons for me to go out there and play the game the right way.â€