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Report: Francisco Lindor declines $100-million offer

The Tribe continues to pursue multi-year contracts with their budding superstars as they reportedly offered Francisco Lindor a $100-million contract earlier this spring.

The Indians' front office has focused on securing assets for the foreseeable future throughout the spring of 2017.

After signing Jose Ramirez to a five-year deal on March 28 and Roberto Perez to a four-year deal on April 2, the Tribe reportedly pulled out their wallet for a potential extension with Francisco Lindor prior to Opening Day.

The club's $100-million offer was turned down by the 23-year-old phenom, according to Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated. Lindor was drafted eighth overall in the 2011 First-Year Draft and is under club control until 2021.

Ever since his professional debut, Lindor has developed into a five-tool player with an All-Star Game appearance and Rawlings AL Platinum Glove to prove it. The Puerto Rico native batted .301/.358/.435 (182-for-604) with 15 home runs, 78 RBIs, 30 doubles and 19 stolen bases in 2016.

Lindor will be arbitration-eligible in 2019, but will not qualify for free agency until he has six full seasons of major league service time. 

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.


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