Francisco Lindor arrived at the party. Now, how does Metz make him stay?
The star shortlist – the centerpiece of this week’s blockbuster trade, which also brought Carlos Carasco’s pitcher and sent Andres Jimenez, Amed Rosario, Isaiah Green and Josh Wolf to Cleveland – is due to hold a Zoom press conference on Monday, at which time questions will be asked to be asked about his future intentions. So far, the only certainty is that it belongs to the Mets for 2021, its last year before the free agency.
The Post interviewed agents, baseball executives and insiders on Friday to find out what Lindor’s magic contract extension number might be, which will keep him in Queens for the rest of his career.
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Such a deal will surpass the $ 300 million 10-year deal Manny Machado received from Padres before the 2019 season. The most recent monstrous deal was the Mookie Betts’ 12-year deal with the Dodgers worth $ 365 million last summer.
The rival CEO predicts that Lindor will ask for $ 390 million over 10 years.
“He turned down a large number of Indians, so there are high expectations,” the CEO said, adding that he predicted that Lindor would receive $ 350 million from the Mets in 10 years.
An insider who predicts a low-end range of $ 290 million over 10 years has said he believes Lindor wants to speed up the process.
“I think he wants to sign,” the insider said.
During a press conference announcing the trade, team president Sandy Alderson said he expected to begin talks with Lindor’s agent in the coming weeks. If no agreement is reached before the opening day, it would probably suggest that Lindor is heading to a free agency, a potential historical market for short-stop talent. Corey Seeger, Carlos Korea and Trevor Story are among the other short stops that can touch the free agency after the season.
One agent surveyed believes the Mets, with the sport’s richest owner, Steve Cohen, may want to wait until the next offseason before making a serious offer. Eventually, Cohen will be able to top any other offer Lindor receives.
“I don’t think they’re making an offer unless it’s really a club-friendly contract,” the agent said. “They will want to see him play in New York. You know how New York goes: Show me you can play in New York before I pay you. That would be my attitude if I were in their shoes. “
The biggest contract for the Mets (in terms of total dollars) is the $ 138 million extension that David Wright received before hitting a free agency after the 2012 season. Jacob deGrom is currently the Mets’ highest paid player since entering the third season of a five-year, $ 137.5 million contract extension.
According to another surveyed agent, Lindor’s motive should be to get a new contract sooner rather than later – assuming, of course, that the direct stop wants to play in New York. But the agent also offered the Mets a strong offer from the start.
“It simply came to our notice then [Lindor] to do it, “said the agent. “But there are so many teams that will pay that kind of dollars. There are only a few teams that can move to these levels. “