Francisco Lindor open to long-term extension with Mets: 'It has to make sense for both sides'

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Danny Abriano
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Francisco Lindor smiling during introductory news conference
Francisco Lindor smiling during introductory news conference

Soon after the Mets swung the blockbuster trade that brought Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco to Queens, the attention turned to Lindor's long-term future.

Set to hit free agency after the 2021 season, the expectation is that the Mets will do everything in their power to sign Lindor to an extension before the season ends.

Speaking on Thursday, Mets president Sandy Alderson said the team would explore a potential long-term deal with Lindor in the coming weeks.

“We’ve had one conversation with him and no conversations with his agent," Alderson said about a potential extension. "We acquired Francisco because of his present ability and the possibility that he could be a Met long-term. There’s no guarantee of that. It’s something we will approach in the next few weeks.

Talking Monday via Zoom during his introductory news conference, Lindor said he's open to a long-term deal with the Mets.

"To all those fans out there, I live life day by day," Lindor said. "I’m extremely happy and excited with what’s happening right now, but I haven’t really sat down and talked to anybody. Yeah, I had the welcoming conversations and I’m excited about it. I can’t wait. I have never been against an extension. I have never been against signing long-term.”

Asked about how far extension talks got with the Cleveland Indians before he was traded, Lindor said both sides talked but simply couldn't come to an agreement.

Lindor was also asked about the situation with Mookie Betts, who signed a massive extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season after being traded from the Boston Red Sox.

And like Betts did, Lindor is open to signing long-term with the Mets before playing a game for the team.

“It has to make sense for both sides. I’m sure my agent David [Miller] will do a great job in communicating every single thing I desire. Hopefully both teams understand and we’ll see what happens.”

When it comes to potential timing, Lindor indicated he wouldn't be open to negotiating during the season. That means the Mets likely have less than three months to get something done if they want to avoid Lindor testing free agency.

"I’ve never negotiated a contract during a season," Lindor said. "Never. I’ve always said (to get negotiations done) before spring training. But once it gets to a point in spring training, it’s time to enjoy the ride and focus on winning."