Francisco Lindor is going to be an even richer man.
The Mets shortstop agreed to a 10-year, $341 million dollar contract extension on Wednesday night, one that placed him among Major League Baseball’s highest-paid players when the 2022 season begins.
Lindor, 27, is not only the highest-paid player in Queens — his annual average salary of $34.1 million eclipses teammate Jacob deGrom’s $27.5 million per annum (the two-time Cy Young winner will make $33.5 million in 2021 and 2022) — he’s got the fattest contract in all of New York. The new pact is bigger than Yankees pitcher Gerrit’s Cole’s 2020 deal worth $324 million over nine years, though Cole is being paid $36 million per year.
The contract is the third-highest in MLB history in terms of total money, trailing on Mike Trout’s $426.5 million deal with the Angels and the $365 million the Dodgers are shelling out for Mookie Betts.
Lindor, in the final year of a deal that pays him $22.3 million in 2021, is now the eighth player in the majors with a contract of $300 million or more: Trout, Betts, Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis ($340M), Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper ($330M), Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton, ($325M), Cole ($324M) and Padres third baseman/shortstop Manny Machado ($300M).
Looking at other sports, only Patrick Mahomes of the NFL’s Chiefs can claim a bigger contract than any of those eight — his 10-year, $450 million deal broke every record in the book.