Francisco Lindor 'Beyond Excited' After Signing 10-Year Mets Contract Extension

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVApril 5, 2021

WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 21: New York Mets infielder Francisco Lindor (12) gestures as he celebrates hitting a home run, batting in New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo (not shown) during an MLB spring training game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals at The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches on March 21, 2021 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The New York Mets officially announced Francisco Lindor's new 10-year contract on Monday, with the star shortstop saying he's "beyond excited" to stay with the organization for the next decade.

“So much thanks has to first go to Steve and Alex Cohen, as well as Sandy for their hard work and commitment to winning,” Lindor said. “I’m thrilled and blessed to part of this organization for years to come. Everyone has welcomed me and my family with open arms. I’m beyond excited to go out and play for Mets fans and help bring a championship to Queens.”

Lindor's contract will pay him $341 million and carry him through his age 37 season.

The Mets and Lindor worked on the contract extension for months after his trade from the Cleveland Indians. Lindor self-imposed a deadline of Opening Day to reach an agreement to avoid any distractions during the season, and both sides took it down to the wire.

The Mets are set to make their 2021 season debut Monday after their opening series against the Washington Nationals was wiped out because of a COVID-19 outbreak within the Nationals. Lindor has made four straight All-Star Games while emerging as one of the best all-around shortstops in baseball, winning a pair of Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers.

FanGraphs' WAR formula has Lindor ranked as the seventh-best hitter in baseball over the last four seasons. His arrival is seen as the major cornerstone acquisition of the Steve Cohen era, with the Mets expected to spend among the highest rates in baseball with the sport's richest owner at the helm.