Francisco Lindor calls signing extension with Mets is 'a dream come true'

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Francisco Lindor gestures after hitting a home run in spring training, sunglasses on, close crop
Francisco Lindor gestures after hitting a home run in spring training, sunglasses on, close crop

Francisco Lindor will now be a Met for the next decade plus, after signing a 10-year, $341 million contract extension with the team late on Wednesday night.

While the Mets clubhouse was preparing in a hotel for their Opening Day matchup with the Washington Nationals -- which was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns -- Lindor and the Mets front office were constructing the biggest contract in team history.

Lindor spoke to the media for the first time since signing the extension on Thursday, with his signature smile on full display.

"A dream come true," Lindor said of signing the deal. "A humble experience. I wanted to yell, I wanted to scream as loud as I could. ...The way my agent, David Meter, and Sandy Alderson negotiated, it was outstanding.

"So thank you Sandy, for the way you represented the organization, it was fun."

The deal has a limited no trade clause and no opt outs, which is something positive that could come from Lindor's side on the deal.

Lindor has fit right into the Mets clubhouse this spring, meshing with the group in their commitment to turning this team into a real contender, which is something the star took notice of as he decided whether or not he wanted to remain a Met for potentially the rest of his career.

"The group of guys -- and girls -- that we have in the clubhouse on a daily basis, they're committed to winning," Lindor said. "They want to win, they're hungry, they want to improve, they want to get better every single day. And that to me says a lot. That we are in the position that, yes we have a good team, but they want to get better, they want to continue to improve, to bring that championship and not just one, and continue to win more and more. That to me is what I look at in a franchise.

"I was happy, I felt comfortable. I know I haven't been to New York [yet], but the guys, the boys, they made me feel comfortable around them. They made me a part of what they have in the clubhouse and I love that. I love the opportunity that I have to bring a championship to the city of Queens. So I'm very excited.

"The most beautiful thing about it is we all want to do it, and we're all right next to each other and striving forward."

Lindor had set an Opening Day deadline for getting a deal done, and although it ended up getting done right at the finish line, things could have gone a different way.

But the star said that he had the fans in his mind in terms of being fully accepted by them as a Met.

"Definitely had the fans in mind, when it comes to 'I want to be in New York, I want them to embrace me, I want to embrace them,'" Lindor said. "But it was going to come down to what was best for the organization and what was best for me.

"We play for the fans, we perform for the fans, this is a show that we do for them on a daily basis. I wasn't really thinking about what is gonna happen if I don't sign with the fans. I was just going to go out there and give it my best in an 162 season and hopefully at the end of the year, that was good enough for them."

That concern is no more now, with Lindor set to play in Queens into the 2030s and keep the Mets in contention for many years to come.