Mets' Luis Rojas not worried about fans' perception of Francisco Lindor if deal isn't signed

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Francisco Lindor and Luis Rojas talk on field during spring training
Francisco Lindor and Luis Rojas talk on field during spring training

With Francisco Lindor still not signed to an extension with the Mets, there has been speculation that fans won't be so welcoming at Citi Field when the team returns for their home opener.

Manager Luis Rojas was asked about what the reception might be if a deal doesn't get done by the time first pitch happens on Opening Day, and he was honest when he said he doesn't really know. He can only provide the experiences he's had with Lindor as reference to what kind of players and person he is going to be for the team this season.

"I don’t know. For me, it just comes from knowing Francisco, getting to know him now," Rojas told reporters before the Mets' workout at Nationals Park on Tuesday. "It’s been two months since we’ve been talking, interacting, doing everything. And this guy has been solid. I know all this is happening and going on. Pretty much aware that they’re negotiating. But Francisco, I was just with him before coming here. We had one of our advanced meetings and he’s just there with the same smile and the same way he is every day.”

Mets owner Steve Cohen has been active on Twitter Tuesday, answering fan questions about the ongoing negotiations.

"Lindor is a heckuva player and a great guy," he wrote. "I hope he decides to sign."

But, according to Rojas, no one in the clubhouse is thinking about Lindor's off-the-field business. They only have eyes on playing the Nationals on Thursday.

“I don’t think there will be any problem from his side," Rojas explained. "But from the other side, I think the fans are going to appreciate [how] this guy is going about it, how he goes about the game every day. This guy is here to win and he cannot express that enough. He brings the word win every day into the room and whatever meeting we have on the field. That’s what he’s all about. He’s here to help the team win and I think that was the theme of camp. That’s what we were preparing for to get to this point.”

Lindor's camp countered the Mets' $325 million offer over 10 years with $385 million over 12 years. Since then, no news about talks have came up. And as such, we wait for the news prior to Opening Day.

For Rojas and the team, though, they can't wait for Thursday to come to start their 2021 season with Lindor penciled into the lineup.

"For all that I’ve heard outside of the playing field news and stuff, I haven’t seen any change with him on the field," Rojas said. "So I don’t really have any concerns with the way he carries himself on a daily basis. He’s pretty solid. He’s consistent with his demeanor."