Francisco Lindor wanted more than Fernando Tatis Jr. Steve Cohen wanted Francisco Lindor long term.
And the new Mets owner was not going to let $16 million spread over 10 years — or longer, considering there are deferrals in this deal through 2041 — keep him from what he wanted or from making a defining statement on the eve of his first Opening Day running the Mets.
After all, Cohen had pledged to run the Mets like a mega-market franchise. He had said he would like to emulate how the Dodgers go about their business.
Last year, Los Angeles traded for Mookie Betts before he entered his walk year. Then the Dodgers signed the great outfielder to a 12-year, $365 million extension one day before the delayed 2020 season began.
In moving up what was a 10-year, $325 million bid — by adding those $16 million — Cohen guaranteed Lindor $341 million. That is the third largest contract of all time. It trails Mike Trout ($426.5 million) and, yep, Betts. It also removes 2021 as a walk year for Lindor. Instead, he walks into the good graces of Mets fans while Cohen further endears himself to the faithful by not, um, dodging his promises.