The reigning American League champion Cleveland Indians attempted to open their wallets before Opening Day and extend the contract of shortstop Francisco Lindor, but their offer of a $100 million couldn't do the trick, according to Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated.
Cleveland, who lost to the Chicago Cubs in the 2016 World Series, were ready to join countless teams that signed young stars of their own to lengthy, team-friendly deals. We've seen it with Rougned Odor of the Texas Rangers, Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox, Wil Myers of the San Diego Padres and even Carlos Martinez of the St. Louis Cardinals to name just a handful of the countless of signings that have taken place over the past couple of years.
The 23-year-old Lindor, however, is apparently not ready to settle into the Indians starting shortstop role long-term just yet. Since breaking into the league on June 14, 2015, Cleveland's first-round pick in the 2011 draft owns a .308/.360/.466 slash line with an OPS+ of 115 — the second-highest among shortstops with at least 270 games played since 2010. He also took home a gold glove award, All-Star appearance and a ninth-place finish in the AL MVP voting last season.
His agent, David Meter, said that they'll look at his contract status on a year-to-year basis and that it's not "very productive to draw a line in the sand." According to Baseball Reference, Lindor will make $579,300 in 2017 and is arbitration eligible in 2019. He's under team control until 2021 and is slated to become a free agent in 2022 if he doesn't sign an extension from now until then.