April 17, 2021

Francisco Lindor gets comfortable, Mets contract talks start soon (New York Post)

JUPITER, Fla. — Clover Park experienced a welcome burst of noise pollution at about 7:30 on Monday morning.

“He came into the clubhouse and just was yelling, like, really loud,” Luis Rojas said of Francisco Lindor (who else?). “Everyone was energized by it.”

“It’s game time. It’s game day,” Lindor explained hours later, at the unsubtly named Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. “We spend all offseason training, and we finally get to play a game, whether it counts or not. It’s what we live for.”

Mr. Smile’s first Mets game of any consequence proceeded quietly on the field, as Lindor, batting second and starting at shortstop (where else?), went 0-for-2 and handled one grounder without incident as the Mets dropped their Grapefruit League opener, 2-0, to the Marlins in their first game in front of paying fans since March 2020. Yet the four-time All-Star continued to showcase his star power as he and the Mets prepare to engage in talks for a ginormous contract extension.

“Right now, I’ve been enjoying the process of preparing for games. I don’t know when conversations are going to start,” Lindor said. “When they do start, the…

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