Report: Mets, Lindor Reach Impasse in Contract Negotiations

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On the eve of Opening Day, it doesn’t appear that the Mets and star shortstop Francisco Lindor will come to an agreement on a new megadeal.

Lindor and the team are reportedly at an impasse regarding a contract extension, according to Anthony DiComo of Unless the two sides come to an agreement, Lindor will enter free agency after the season ends.

As things stand, the Mets are unwilling to increase their offer of 10 years, $325 million, while Lindor will reportedly not move off his 12-year, $385 million request. Lindor has imposed a deadline of Opening Day to complete negotiations, though it’s possible talks can extend beyond that date.

Mets owner Steve Cohen offered his take on the negotiations via Twitter on Tuesday, praising Lindor in the process.

Lindor, 27, is one of the faces of baseball and has the perfect personality to be a franchise player in New York. He will make $22.3 million in 2021, his first with the Mets. He arrived in Queens alongside starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco via a blockbuster trade from Cleveland in January, in which the Mets gave up four players. A four-time All-Star, Lindor has won two Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers so far, finishing in the top 15 in MVP voting each year from 2016-19.

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