Extension Notes: Lindor, Correa, Bieber, Bichette
By Connor Byrne | February 22, 2021 at 5:17pm CDTNew Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor revealed that there’s “mutual curiosity” in an extension, although he believes “it’s too early” for critical talks to start out, per Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com. Lindor stated in early January, shortly after the Mets acquired him from Cleveland, that he wouldn’t wish to talk about a brand new contract throughout the season. His emotions on that topic seemingly stay the identical, as he notes, “It could be unfair for me and the remainder of the workforce to have ongoing conversations on an extension, and we present up on Opening Day and our thoughts is elsewhere.” Contemplating Lindor’s stance, the Mets determine to spend the subsequent month-plus making an attempt to lock up the 27-year-old, who has been a premier participant all through his profession and who was the largest acquisition the membership made within the offseason.
The Astros’ Carlos Correa may be part of Lindor as a part of a star-studded class of free-agent shortstops subsequent winter, however he would additionally wish to safe a brand new deal earlier than the upcoming season, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com writes. “If the Astros wish to prolong me, I want to get it accomplished earlier than the season begins,” Correa stated. “I really feel good, my physique feels nice and I really feel I’m going to have such an amazing season. As soon as the season begins, I don’t wish to be concerned and distracted with these conversations.” Correa, 26, put up uncharacteristically mediocre manufacturing in 2020, however he stayed wholesome for the primary time in a couple of seasons. He prevented arbitration Feb. 6 with an $11.7MM settlement for 2021, however he and his agent haven’t heard from the Astros a few long-term deal since then, McTaggart relays.
Indians ace Shane Bieber hasn’t mentioned a long-term cope with the membership, however he’d be keen to take action, Zack Meisel of The Athletic tweets. The Indians don’t essentially need to urgently signal Bieber, who received’t be eligible for arbitration till after 2021 or free company till the tip of 2024. However with the membership’s low finances in thoughts, it may behoove it to increase the reigning AL Cy Younger winner someday quickly.
Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette instructed Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet and different reporters that he’s open to an extension, however the workforce hasn’t made him a suggestion to this point. The 22-year-old Bichette has been a revelation for the Blue Jays relationship again to his 2019 debut, having slashed .307/.347/.549 with 16 residence runs and eight stolen bases in 340 plate appearances. Fortuitously for Toronto, it isn’t in peril of shedding Bichette within the close to future, which might clarify the shortage of urgency in inking him to an extension. Bichette nonetheless has two pre-arbitration years remaining and isn’t slated to succeed in free company till after 2025.
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