The New York Mets and Francisco Lindor beat the Opening Day deadline to agree to terms on massive contract extension.
The New York Mets may have acquired shortstop Francisco Lindor in a massive trade with the Cleveland Indians, but their offseason was far from over. The team had to find a way to secure Lindor with a contract extension to prevent him from hitting free agency. After a stand-off earlier this week, the two sides beat the deadline at the wire.
According to ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan, the Mets and Lindor have agreed to terms on a 10-year, $341 million contract extension. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the contract has no opt-outs, a partial trade clause and features $50 million in deferrals. Lindor’s extension officially kicks in for the 2022 season.
Mets, Francisco Lindor agree to contract extension hours before Opening Day
Lindor’s deal is now the third-largest total money ever given to a player in MLB history. The only contracts that top that are Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout ($430 million) and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts ($365 million). Additionally, Lindor will make $1 million more than San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who earned a 14-year, $340 million this offseason, making Lindor the highest-paid shortstop in league history.
The Mets initially offered a 10-year, $325 million extension to Lindor earlier this week, while the shortstop pushed for $385 million over 12 seasons.
This story will be updated with additional information.