The 2021 Major League Baseball season begins on Thursday, but before the start, headlines have already been made in the form of Francisco Lindor. The New York Mets’ new shortstop was traded for from the Cleveland Indians during the offseason, and now they have moved to make him a long-term member of the team, securing a deal that is said to be worth $341 million over the next ten seasons. That figure will put him third in the MLB, only trailing the likes of Mike Trout and Mookie Betts for a total value in a deal.
Lindor is 27 and had applied some pressure to the Mets, saying that he would rather go to free agency than negotiate a deal during the season. With Opening Day quickly approaching, they took this threat seriously and got the deal done. Lindor has won two Gold Gloves while hitting .285 on average. Through six seasons of MLB duty, he’s averaged 29 home runs and 86 RBIs per season as well, numbers that demonstrate just why the Mets have staked such a large amount of money in one (star) player.