Our beloved shortstop loves Cleveland, but right now he’s focused on arbitration. The Cleveland Indians will have to wait for Lindor to be ready to negotiate a long-term contract.
There’s certainly no rush for the Cleveland Indians to extend Francisco Lindor just yet. Between the comments made from Chris Antonetti a few weeks ago and Lindor’s comments today, it’s clear the two teams are still in limbo.
"“Who knows?’ said Lindor. “That’s not where we are right now. I was focusing on arbitration. That’s not where I am when it comes to long-term deals."
I’m not reading too much into this. Lindor and the Indians avoided arbitration and that’s the first step here. But when asked about the current state of things, Lindor stated his love for the team.
"“I love the city of Cleveland. I love everything about Cleveland. I love messing with you reporters. We’ll see what happens. At the end of the day I’m playing the game to win, and this is a good place for me to win. We’ll see. If the Indians come up with the right numbers and some point it happens — and I’m not even thinking about it — we’ll see.”"
All of this is according to Cleveland.com. So what’s next? Free agency for Frankie is still three years away. A lot can happen for the Tribe in that span. They could remain contenders, or they could flounder around for a bit.
Lindor is a huge part of the core of this team. How the team plays in his absence could have an adverse effect on Lindor’s contract negotiations. He is a key part of the Tribe success. Since the Indians have successfully extended Jose Ramirez already, I’m sure they’d love to extend Lindor as well.
But now that we’ve addressed the boring stuff, it’s time for the real Lindor news.
This is a much better look than the Sisqo look he had last season.
Sign this man to the biggest extension ever, please.