NEW YORK (AP) – New Mets owner Steven Cohen has been linked with Francisco Lindor, which, along with $ 341 million, has led to the team’s record 10-year contract, which runs into 2022.
“I had a few dinners with Francisco, he’s a special guy,” Cohen told a news conference Monday, announcing the deal.
“She is a winner. He is a leader. They love their club home. He brings the intangibles you need if you are going to win championships իհարկե, of course, great machine guns. And so this is a special guy. I think I am good friends with him. “We are constantly sending messages,” he said.
New York acquired the four-time All-Star short film from Cleveland in January. He signed for $ 22.3 million this year, and this year after the World Series he got the right to a free agency.
Linder set a deal deadline last Thursday, the opening date set by Washington, և the deal was reached last night. The series of three opening games of the “Big” season was postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 against the “Nationals”.
Lindor is from Caguas, Puerto Rico, where he became involved with Cohen’s wife, Alexander, who is originally from Puerto Rica and grew up in the Washington Highlands of Manhattan.
“My in-laws came from the same birthplace as Francisco,” said Steve Cohen. “It simply came to our notice then. And behold, Francis came home. There was a lot of discussion about neighborhood և restaurants, as well as food և direct connections. ”
Cohen’s wife helps the Great Cross.
“I know Alex was in a relationship with his fiancée,” said the owner. “He is in New York, trying to make his vacation in New York a little easier. So, everyone is doing pretty well so far. ”
The owner called Spanish “pretty mean”.
“When I walk around my own house, I do not know what they are talking about when they speak Spanish,” he said. “I do not feel well.”
Cohen hedge billionaire Cohen, who bought the Mets in November last year, wants to start his first season. His eyes flickered to the right as he examined computer screens for stock quotes as British President Sandy Alderson spoke of what Cohen called his “day job.”
“I think as I begin to bring my sea urchins here, I begin to feel that I am beginning to understand many things,” Cohen said. “I think over time agents can find out what my style is. I hope we can avoid last minute fire drills.”
He has increased his salary in the top three of baseball and intends to spend it to make the Meters a winner.
“We will be a significant free agent on the road, we will act like a big market club,” Cohen said.
New York tried to sign free agent pitcher Trevor Bauer during the season, but the current NL Cy Young Award winner signed a three-year, $ 102 million deal with World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
“At the crucial start of this conference, Steve said, ‘Getting started on your sea’s feet,”s hard to get your feet on if you’re a drunken sailor,” Alderson said. “So I think Steve did a great job orienting himself on these issues. And, unfortunately, you are often measured by whether you sign a free agent or not. On the iceberg below the Line, where we have made significant progress, many other things are happening, and I think they will contribute to everything we can do in the long run.
After the World Cup, midfielder Michael Conforto remains entitled to a free agency. There was only brief talk of a long-term deal.
“I plan to sit down with his agent at some point to discuss this,” Cohen said, referring to Scott Boras. “We like Michael. He had a terrible meeting, և we’ll see if we can do it. This is also a great moment for him. He may want to study his free agency.
Cohen leaves Alderson’s pitcher’s Jacob deGrom’s long negotiations with Noah Sindergaard. DeGrom will be signed until 2023 as part of a deal under which the Bigs have a 2024 club version. Syndergaard, who hopes to return from Tommy John Ony surgery in June, could be a free agent this fall.
“Everyone has to have the right time and the right place,” Cohen said.
For now, Lindor has been the big focus of the Greats.
“I see Francisco as the cornerstone of our present and future. “I think he’s going to take us to division titles, appointments, World Cups,” Cohen said. “Well, I’m not going to predict the World Cup outside the box. I think we will be really competitive, I think we will even reach the playoffs. And as soon as you get to the playoffs, anything can happen, right? So I’m pretty optimistic. “The team looks good to me. I think the fans will really enjoy this team.”
Cohen was scheduled to watch the revised Adult Opener in Philadelphia on TV Monday night and be in the City Field Owners’ Box to open a home against Miami on Thursday.
“I can not hit the ball. “I do not speak out,” he said. “So, in the end, it’s up to the players. You can put all kinds of programs. You can get players, you can promote players. After all, it’s their job to play և we are there to support them. We will adapt there if we need to adapt. But I think our organization is ready to perform well. ”
Notes. Alderson said that the series of three games postponed in Washington will most likely be transformed into a two-headed part, maybe two, to save the days.
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