Francisco Lindor smiled broadly for a full 40 minutes, enthralled to hitch a New York Mets staff bulking up underneath new proprietor Steven Cohen.
“They say it’s probably very contagious,” the Mets’ new shortstop stated. “I’m living my dream. I’m living the life I always wanted, so I don’t see why not.”
Cleveland traded the four-time All-Star to New York together with pitcher Carlos Carrasco on Thursday for infielders Andrés Giménez and Amed Rosario plus a pair of minor league prospects, right-hander Josh Wolf and outfielder Isaiah Greene.
“I’m excited to be with the Mets organization. I’m not against a long term. I’m not against it,” Lindor stated in a information convention from Florida, sporting his new staff’s royal blue cap. “It has to make sense of both sides.”
Lindor stated he wouldn’t need to negotiate as soon as he begins spring coaching, preferring to focus then on taking part in and hopefully profitable. He earned $6,481,481 prorated from a $17.5 million wage final yr, is eligible for arbitration subsequent month and might grow to be a free agent after this season. His agent, Dave Meter, had mentioned a long-term take care of the Indians.
“We talked and we gave it our best effort on both sides,” Lindor stated.
But the Indians didn’t assume they might afford a multiyear contract with the 27-year-old, in order that they selected to make the commerce.
Cohen, a billionaire hedge fund supervisor, purchased the Mets on Nov. 6 from the Wilpon and Katz households. The Mets had the third-highest payroll final yr behind the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees, and the Mets’ offseason has included giving pitcher Marcus Stroman an $18.9 million, one-year deal; injured right-hander Noah Syndergaard a $9.7 million, one-year contract; right-handed reliever Trevor May a $15.5 million, two-year settlement; and catcher James McCann a $40.6 million, four-year deal.
Outfielder George Springer and second baseman DJ LeMahieu stay potentialities amongst free brokers.
“I’m one of the faces. I embrace that,” Lindor stated. “I have never been the type of player where it’s like, follow me, I’ll lead you to the success. No, I’ve always been a person that together we all are going to achieve what we want. And that’s what I bring. That’s what I’m bringing. I’m bringing my, ‘Hey guys. let’s find a way to do this together. I know you guys have a great thing going on. I just want to be a little piece of that puzzle.’”
He hoped to remain with the Indians however stated “they didn’t come up with that number.” He praised Cleveland however appeared forward enthusiastically.
“Cleveland is a great place, is a great city. I love the Indians. I love everybody in the organization,” he stated, whereas figuring out “if there is something missing, we’re going to go get it and we’re going to find a way.”
Lindor finds himself in a scenario much like that of outfielder Mookie Betts, traded from Boston to the Dodgers earlier than final season with one season of membership management remaining. Betts and Los Angeles agreed in July to a $365 million, 12-year contract.
If Lindor agrees to a long-term deal, it doubtless would grow to be the biggest in Mets’ historical past, surpassing the $138 million, eight-year settlement of captain David Wright that lined 2013-20.
Lindor’s first thought on what he wished to do when he will get to New York had nothing to do with baseball, although.
“Pizza,” he stated.