By Anthony Caruso IIi | Publisher
The New York Mets broke the bank for shortstop Francisco Lindor. He signed the largest deal in team history.
He signed a 10-year deal with the Mets. It is worth $341 million.
The deal is also one of the richest in MLB history. It is the third-largest ever given out to a player and the largest deal by a shortstop.
Only Mike Trout and Mookie Betts have bigger contracts money-wise. Trout has the largest deal in MLB history when he signed a $426.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels in 2019.
Last year, Betts signed a $365 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The deal for Lindor came in the 11th hour of his self-imposed deadline to negotiate before the start of the MLB season on April 1st. He was going to be a free agent at the end of the season if no deal was struck.
Now, he’s going to be tied to the team through his 38th birthday barring a trade at some point.
Lindor’s deal is nearly three times the largest previous deal given out by the Mets. David Wright previously signed a contract for $138 million.
He came to the Mets in a blockbuster deal in January. Lindor and right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco went in the deal to Flushing, New York.
In exchange, the Cleveland Indians received infielders Amed Rosario, Andrés Giménez, along with right-handed pitcher Josh Wolf. Outfielder Isaiah Greene was also included in the package.
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