All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor has joined the New York Mets and even though the 27-year-old is set to become a free agent after this season, he told reporters he’s willing to remain with the Mets on a long-term contract.
“I think it’s too early,” Lindor said of contract negotiations, “There is mutual interest. I’ve never been shy about an extension. Cleveland did what they had to do. They couldn’t keep me. They weren’t in a position to keep me.”
“As a player, we have a duty, and a duty to show up and win,” Lindor said. “It would be unfair for me and the rest of the team to have ongoing conversations on an extension and we show up on Opening Day and our mind is somewhere else.”
He added: “Talking about an extension is something you want to talk about, but at the same time, you don’t want to talk about. It’s inevitable. You can’t not talk about.”
Recently San Diego Padres superstar shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. agreed to a 14-year, $340 million extension. It’s expected Lindor’s next contract will exceed the $300 million threshold.