Mets could have competition from Yankees if Francisco Lindor reaches free agency

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Danny Abriano
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Francisco Lindor swinging a bat in blue warmup gear close crop
Francisco Lindor swinging a bat in blue warmup gear close crop

If Francisco Lindor reaches free agency after the 2021 season, the Mets could have competition from the Yankees.

The Yankees "absolutely love" Lindor and had conversations with Cleveland about him before he was traded to the Mets, per SNY's Andy Martino, who noted that the timing for the Yanks didn't work out due to their current payroll situation.

Martino added that Lindor is the kind of player the Yankees would be "all in" on if they decided they could afford him.

The Mets have been in talks with Lindor about an extension and have made an offer, with Martino reporting on Friday that they are "almost certainly" willing to pay him $300 million.

Lindor has set a deadline of Opening Day to get a deal done, and recently reiterated that he will not allow negotiations to extend into the season.

Along with Lindor, the Mets are also discussing an extension with Michael Conforto, and have made him an initial offer.

When it comes to the Yankees, they already have roughly $138 million committed to the payroll for the 2022 season -- a figure that does not include expected raises for arbitration-eligible players.

But they will be in better financial shape than they were this past offseason.

The last player the Yankees went all-in on was Gerrit Cole, whom they zeroed in on and signed to a nine-year deal worth $324 million before the 2020 season.

The last time the Mets and Yankees competed for a superstar free agent was before the 2005 season, when the Mets landed Carlos Beltran. Reports at the time suggested that while the two teams were interested in Beltran, the Yanks were not all-in.