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Mets to begin extension talks with Francisco Lindor

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The team is reportedly discussing an extension with the superstar this week.

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The Mets are set to begin extension discussions with superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor this week, according to a report from Anthony DiComo at mlb.com. The Mets traded for the 27-year-old in early January and got starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco in the deal, too.

If the Mets are able to extend Lindor, they would presumably need to offer him a contract at or above $300 million, as several players of his caliber have signed long-term deals for similar money.

An excellent defender at shortstop, Lindor has hit .285/.346/.488 with a 118 wRC+ over the course of his major league career. And from 2017 through 2019, he hit at least 32 home runs in each season, slugging a cumulative .514 over that span. In the short 2020 season, Lindor struggled a bit at the plate, hitting .258/.335/.415 with a 102 wRC+. But neither the Mets nor Mets fans should read too much into that small sample size performance.