Mets' Francisco Lindor says extension talks have started, but will test free agency if not agreed to before Opening Day

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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

Francisco Lindor confirmed to reporters on Tuesday that contract extension talks have begun between the Mets' front office and his agent.

But Lindor is holding strong on his Opening Day deadline, saying that he will test the free agent market if a deal isn't signed by April 1.

"They started. But nothing serious. We’re just talking. We’ll see how everything goes, and my agency’s in charge of that. That’s between the front office and my agent," Lindor said.

"I will not be negotiating during the season. I will go to free agency," he added. "If something carries on during the season, it’s not fair for me, it’s not fair for the team. I gotta give everything I got into winning baseball games. If it doesn’t happen in spring training, I’ll go to free agency. We’ll talk in November, December, when free agency starts."

Mets' president Sandy Alderson has said that he doesn't view Opening Day as a hard deadline, despite Lindor repeating so, and has taken the request at face value.

But with that, Alderson has expressed interested in extending the new Mets shortstop long-term.