Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor and team owner Steve Cohen met for dinner last night, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN, who adds that there’s hope that the sides will agree to an extension over $300 million before Opening Day on Thursday. Joel Sherman of the New York Post and MLB Network backed up the Passan report and said “there appears to be momentum toward a deal” before the season begins.
The 27-year-old switch-hitter is known for his defensive prowess at shortstop and his ability to produce at the plate. In the three full seasons from 2017 through 2019, he averaged 34.6 home runs per season and hit a cumulative .278/.342/.514 with a 121 wRC+ and led all major league shortstops with 17.9 fWAR. And while his .258/.335/.415 line and 102 wRC+ in the shortened 2020 season were a step down from that level of production, Lindor was still worth 1.8 fWAR in that short span of time, and all stats from the 2020 season constitute a small sample size.
Since coming over to the Mets in a blockbuster trade in early January along with Carlos Carrasco, Lindor has been consistent about wanting to wrap up any potential contract extension before the season begins.