The New York Mets doubled down on their World Series aspirations by pulling off a blockbuster trade this offseason for superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor. That deal also brought in starter Carlos Carrasco, and the Mets added catcher James McCann and pitcher Taijuan Walker in free agency to bolster this contender.
New York's moves certainly have earned it attention. The Mets have the fifth-best odds to win the World Series on WynnBET at +1200. But a major question hangs over the team heading into Opening Day, as the Mets and Lindor have hit a snag in contract extension talks. This slight bump in the road shouldn't concern fans.
New York made a "best and final" offer of a 10-year, $325 million extension. That's in the same ballpark as the record 12-year, $365 million contract Mookie Betts signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers. But Lindor's camp is set on beating the Betts deal, countering New York's offer with $385 million over 12 years.
The two sides look far apart, especially with New York saying they're as far as they're comfortable going. But there's no reason for the Mets to make the trade this offseason unless they planned on re-signing Lindor. They knew what they were getting themselves into.
There's reason for optimism that a deal gets done. It'd make the Mets look foolish if they let the star shortstop hit the the market next offseason after just trading for him. His arrival is a big part of the reason why oddsmakers are bullish about New York's chances to compete for a World Series.
Lindor's camp has also already backed down from the 12-year, $400 million extension they started at in negotiations, so they're clearly willing to work with New York. This is just the natural give-and-take of high-stakes negotiations.
The media leaks of negotiations are evidence that both sides want a deal done. They're just trying to put pressure on the other. With the self-imposed deadline to hammer out a deal approaching, a contract should be signed by Opening Day.