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Indians, Francisco Lindor have shelved contract talks for now

The two sides are ready to focus on winning this season

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According to a report from The Athletic, Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians have suspended contract negotiations to focus on the season at hand.

The doozy of a report from Jason Lloyd details just how far apart the Indians and Lindor have been throughout the contract negotiations. Lindor, easily a top-5 player in baseball poised to enter free agency before he turns 29, is not about to take a hometown discount like Christian Yelich in Milwaukee. He knows his worth and he knows the Indians could pay it if they really wanted to.

Again according to The Athletic, Lindor says the Indians have not even offered him as much as $300 million. If they haven’t even touched that number it’s hard to take the front office seriously when they say they want to keep him around long-term. He’s not even going to blink at $300 million offers when they come his way in two years, why would he now?

Lindor wouldn’t give specifics on the Indians’ offer but confirmed it never reached $300 million. He also said he wouldn’t accept a deal similar to what Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich signed last week: nine years and $215 million. No, the Indians’ offer would have to be more. Much more. Lindor is younger. Yelich has already suffered one significant knee injury. These are all things Lindor has considered.

I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but if you had any hope of Lindor sticking around for a while, you should probably temper it a bit. And if the Indians can’t even muster up $300 million to extend him, good luck convincing their millionaire owner of a billion dollar baseball team to pony up the cash when he does hit free agency in 2021, either.

Francisco Lindor is completely unphased by the Indians’ cry of being poor and he’s not about to appease them just to stick around for a franchise that refuses to build around him even when he is here. From the beginning Lindor has danced around frivolous ownership and poor PR by the team’s part, and it’s not going to stop anytime soon.

So, as the old saying goes, enjoy him while you can.