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Star Shortstop Francisco Lindor Signs Record Contract with the New York Mets

Introduction

On Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 the New York Mets have agreed upon terms to sign the former Cleveland Indians’ young and multi – talented star shortstop, Francisco Lindor, to a long-term 10-year contract extension worth up to approximately $341 million. This was an extremely wise deal for the up-and-coming New York Mets that are looking to take back control of the vulnerable National League East division of Major League Baseball.

Contract Details

The new agreement extension between the 27-year-old and well-respected shortstop Lindor and the New York Mets spans the upcoming 10 Major League Baseball season (2021 – 2030) is valued at around $341 million. All of the $341 million in this mega-deal is fully guaranteed money, and although the contract does not include a signing bonus or any publicly known incentives it does allow Francisco to not have to worry about money for quite some time as long as he knows how to handle that type of wealth somewhat responsibly.

Lindor will earn an average annual salary of $34,100,000 over the course of the following ten years, and he is now not scheduled become an unrestricted free agent again until the year 2031 when he is 37 years old. According to ESPN, “Lindor's deal will be the third largest based on total value in major league history, trailing only the deals for the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout ($426.5 million) and the Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts ($365 million).”

Lindor’s Baseball Background

The multi-faceted fun and exciting shortstop and now long-term New York Mets’ franchise face was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Lindor moved to the United States of America at the tender age of 12 years old in order to pursue his dream of becoming a Major League Baseball player, and he made Central Florida his home at this point of his life. His favorite baseball players as a child were some of the game’s best middle infielders including Robbie Alomar, Omar Vizquel, Derek Jeter, Jimmy Rollins, and Barry Larkin.

Francisco attended Montverde Academy Prep School located in Montverde, Florida where his skills carried him to become of baseball’s best young shortstops both at the plate offensively and on the infield dirt on defense. He was ultimately selected by the Cleveland Indians with the 8th overall selection in the first round of the 2011 MLB draft. Throughout Lindor’s amazing first 6 years playing shortstop for the Cleveland Indians he has managed to appear in 777 games while carrying a batting average of .285 on 896 hits in which 433 were singles, 191 were doubles, 15 were triples, and 138 were home runs.

Over the duration of that time while playing in the regular season for the Cleveland Indians, he has drove in 411 runs (RBI’s), stole 99 bases, walked 284 times, scored 508 runs, and hit by a pitch 25 times. Prior to the 2021 MLB season Francisco has recorded an on base percentage of .346 while slugging .488 as well as posting an on base plus slugging of .833, and he had provided an OPS + of 117.

Look for Lindor to have a nice and successful season now with the New York Mets. They have a solid young raking line – up consisting of great hitters such as center fielder Brandon Nimmo, shortstop Francisco Lindor, right fielder Michael Conforto, first baseman Pete Alonso, left fielder Dominic Smith, second baseman Jeff McNeil, third baseman J. D. Davis, and catcher James McCann. The New York Mets are currently projected to win the National League East division of Major League Baseball, but only time will tell if Lindor can lead them to the 2021 Major League Baseball postseason following the 2021 MLB regular season  comprising of a grueling 162 baseball games.

Lindor’s Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards

  • 4 Time MLB All – Star Selection (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • 2 Time Gold Glove Award (2016, 2019)
  • 2 Time Silver Slugger Award (2017, 2018)
  • All – World Baseball Classic Team (2017)

Odds to Win the MLB 2021 World Series

According to Intertops sportsbook below are the odds to win the MLB 2021 World Series as of Friday, March 19th, 2021. Surprisingly the New York Mets have the overall 5th best odds overall out of all 30 Major League Baseball franchises to win the 2021 MLB World Series. Apparently, the odds makers are really high on the young and talented New York Mets for at least the just beginning 2021 MLB season.

Team                                       Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers             +350
New York Yankees                +550
San Diego Padres                   +850
Atlanta Braves                         +1000
New York Mets                     +1000
Chicago White Sox                 +1000
Minnesota Twins                    +1400
Oakland Athletics                   +1800
Toronto Blue Jays                   +1800
Tampa Bay Rays                    +1800
Houston Astros                       +2000
St Louis Cardinals                  +2500
Washington Nationals             +3000
Cleveland Indians                   +3300
Milwaukee Brewers                +3300
Cincinnati Reds                      +3500
Philadelphia Phillies               +3500
Chicago Cubs                         +4000
Los Angeles Angels               +4000
Boston Red Sox                      +5000
Miami Marlins                        +6000
Arizona Diamondbacks          +8000
Seattle Mariners                     +8000
Detroit Tigers                         +10000
Kansas City Royals                +10000
San Francisco Giants              +10000
Texas Rangers                         +12500
Colorado Rockies                   +12500
Baltimore Orioles                   +12500
Pittsburgh Pirates                   +20000

 

Sources:

“New York Mets and All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor agree to 10-year, $341 million deal, source says”, espn.com, March 31, 2021.

“Francisco Lindor”, baseball-reference.com, April 1, 2021.

“Francisco Lindor”, spotrac.com, April 1, 2021.

“United States, MLB Futures, MLB 2021 World Series: To Win Outright”, intertops.eu, March 19, 2021.


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