New York Mets fans spotted Francisco Lindor sporting blue hair at Spring Training.
The New York Mets are hoping that the 2021 season will be one of success. The organization has not made it to the postseason since 2016 and is hoping the roster additions under new team owner Steven Cohen will help accomplish that goal. Of course, the Mets’ biggest move of the offseason was their acquisition of star shortstop Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians.
On Monday, the Mets’ official Twitter account posted photos of some arrivals at Spring Training, one of them being Lindor. The photo shows the infielder with his hair dyed blue.
Lindor has dyed his hair blue in the past
For those wondering if the hair dye is related to his debut season with the Mets, it is important to note that he also sported electric blue hair during 2019 Spring Training with Cleveland. So there is that.
The Mets opted to trade away shortstops Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez (as well as two prospects) to Cleveland for Lindor. The transaction was wise for both teams, as the Mets received a stud infielder, while Cleveland got a return instead of allowing him to walk in free agency next winter. Now, the Mets will try to find a way to sign him to a contract extension.
New York did lose out on top free agents like Trevor Bauer and George Springer this Hot Stove season, but it left them with more money to potentially give Lindor. The issue is he won’t come cheap, as the San Diego Padres signed fellow shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. to a 14-year, $340 million contract extension, thus setting the market. Lindor could very well command a $300 million deal if he were to hit free agency.
This past season, Lindor recorded a .258 batting average, .335 on-base percentage and .415 slugging percentage, along with eight home runs, 27 RBI, 30 runs scored and 61 hits.
Contract extension negotiations will dominate the headlines for now, but the Mets are focused on preparing for the upcoming season.