PORT ST. LUCIE — Francisco Lindor, carrying his inexperienced shortstop’s glove, ultimately deduced on which discipline he belonged for exercises Monday on the Mets spring coaching complicated.
“It’s clear I don’t have that locked down, so I’ve acquired to determine it out,” Lindor stated after the staff’s first full-squad exercise.
Additionally not locked down: His future.
Lindor’s arrival to camp has began the clock on a possible long-term extension that may maintain him with the Mets at some stage in his profession. Lindor, 27, can turn into a free agent after this season.
Extension talks haven’t begun but, in line with Lindor — who reiterated his need to have any such discussions full earlier than Opening Day. Lindor’s negotiations with Cleveland stalled final season, prompting the staff to commerce him with Carlos Carrasco to the Mets.
“We haven’t discovered the time [to negotiate] and I clearly should get to know the group, get to know the folks and so they should get to know me,” Lindor stated. “If one thing comes up we’ll see sooner or later, that’s between my agent and Sandy [Alderson, team president] and the remainder of the workers. It’s been nonexistent, the conversations. It’s too early, I feel.”
Appearing common supervisor Zack Scott stated, “the earlier the higher,” when requested for a possible timetable to launch negotiations.
Lindor is nicely conscious of the 14-year deal price $340 million that shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. obtained from the Padres final week that would function a benchmark of types for him. Tatis is 5 years youthful, however hadn’t even reached arbitration eligibility earlier than agreeing to the deal.
“Tatis acquired an impressive deal for him,” Lindor stated. “I’m really completely satisfied for him. He deserves it, his household deserves it and that reveals the sport is headed in the precise path. There’s two $300 million gamers on the identical staff [Manny Machado is the other], so the sport is headed in the precise path.
“I’m completely satisfied for him and excited to observe him play for the subsequent 14 years. God keen he stays wholesome and that’s what he does, and particularly being within the Nationwide League this 12 months, it is going to be enjoyable to play towards him, which I’ve by no means had an opportunity to play towards him.”
Lindor rejected a suggestion from Cleveland that was believed to be price greater than $200 million. And he is able to turn into a free agent if he doesn’t hear the precise quantity from the Mets.
“I’ve by no means been scared about free company, so it’s not like I’ve acquired to hurry to signal a deal,” he stated.
The Mets surrendered Andres Gimenez, Amed Rosario, Isaiah Greene and Josh Wolf within the deal for Lindor and Carrasco, so the group would like a long-term marriage with the shortstop, even in a free-agent market on the place that would embody names similar to Corey Seager, Carlos Correa, Javy Baez and Trevor Story.
“Any time you’re speaking to a participant about an extension, you wish to discover that center floor that is smart for each the participant and the membership,” Scott stated. “You possibly can’t pressure these issues on a regular basis. It takes two events to attempt to make that work and if it doesn’t work for one you aren’t going to get a deal and that’s OK. You by no means go right into a negotiation with an all-costs kind of angle. You could take into consideration what’s proper for the current and way forward for your membership.”
Lindor blamed his subpar 2020 season offensively on altering his routine within the weight room; he says by the top of the season he was fatigued. Lindor slashed .258/.335/.415 final season with eight homers and 27 RBIs in 60 video games.
“I didn’t give my finest within the weight room and that confirmed within the final week of the season, I acquired drained,” he stated. “It’s [working harder] throughout the season this 12 months to verify it doesn’t occur once more.”