Another baseball season is upon us! Attention was paid to the teams going to the ground for Opening Day, so there was a lot of action going on behind the scenes. Some people sure like to wait until the last minute – and nowhere is this more evident than in New York.
Owner of new york mets Steve cohen Announced that his team has agreed to extend a ten-year, $ 341 million contract with shortstop Francisco Lindor. The deal starts in 2022 and is the first major signing since Cohen The last time he took over the club.
In fact, it is the biggest signing in the Mets’ 60-year history – by a wide margin. The deal surpassed the $ 138 million contract David Wright received in 2012, more than doubling the total earned money.
Lindor has not played a single game for the Mets – the team acquired him from the Cleveland Indians in January – but Cohen is putting his money behind the shortstop. He is probably a smart move; Lindor entered the league in 2015 and has already made four All-Star appearances, including two Silver Sluggers and a pair of Gold Gloves.
Cohen had some fun signing 27-year-old Lindor, that too, taking the conversation to Twitter.
What do you think Lindor will accept? I’m going to crowdsource the answer
– Steven Cohen (@ StevenACohen2) March 26, 2021
Lindor found it funny but urged something about signing. He had set Opening Day as his deadline for the extension. And hours before the first pitches of the 2021 season, he learned that he would live in Queens for more than a decade.
The shortstop will have a few days to really celebrate. The Mets’ opener has been postponed for at least Saturday after a positive Kovid-19 test and issued contact tracing issues for his rival Washington nationals.
No matter when the season began, Lindor would be tasked with one goal: to move the Mets back to the postseason and eventually win a title. The team last won the World Series in 1986 and has made it to the playoffs only six times since then.
With the move, the Mets are showing that they are willing to spend to compete with other big-market teams – namely, their cross-town rival, the New York Yankees. Now let’s see if this step pays off.