A new era has dawned for the New York Mets, and the club is betting hundreds of millions of dollars that Francisco Lindor is just the player who will be its centerpiece. Lindor and Mets agreed to the terms Wednesday night to extend a 10-year contract worth $ 341 million, tying a short term of recently acquired All-Star to the club in the next decade and giving new owner Steve Cohen the start he wanted. A baseball official with first-hand knowledge of the negotiations confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that Lindor and Mets agreed to the terms of the extension, winning only hours over the deadline that Lindor set for Opening Day. The official spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity as the deal is not yet official. Lindor, 27, is a four-time All-Star, with 138 home matches being the most by a short distance since 2015. After a deal in December by the Cleveland Indians, who showed little inclination to bring up the Lindor Market – the value extension offer, they delivered it. To the Mets, who only spent weeks in the new administration under Cohen with their own deep pockets. The Face of Baseball: 21-Year-Old Fernando Tates Jr. Ready to Take on the MLB Mantle 2021: Fun Facts and Key Milestones for the New Baseball Season, Lindor was ready to join the star-studded Free Agent category after this season, but the Mets failed to open up the signature forays of Free Agents like George Springer and Trevor Bauer Capital and Motivation to Keep Lindor. With the actual opening day deadline approaching on Thursday, Cohen and Lindor’s camp engaged in a relatively fast back-and-forth motion that was completed before Lindor stepped onto the field for the Mets in an important match. A Sunday dinner meeting with Cohen and Lindor in Florida resulted in a Mets offer for 10 years, $ 315 million, no deferred funds, a counter-offer from Camp Lindor in 12 years and $ 385 million, all with an explicit tweet from the owner before the parties reached Deal that fulfills everyone’s desires: Lindor is the highest paid in major league history, at least for now. And Cohen and the Mets, with a seemingly cosmopolitan star now at the heart of what they hope will be a very bright future. Their commitment to Lindor, including this year’s salary of $ 22.1 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility, is 11 years and $ 363.3 million, surpassing Fernando Tatis Jr.’s $ 340 million commitment from San Diego Padres. The average annual value of its extension is also a record for a short stop. The agreement marks the second time in three years that Mets has signed a generational talent to extend it just before opening day. In March 2019, Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom agreed to a five-year $ 137.5 million extension just two days before Mets opens. He went on to win the Cy Young for the second time in a row and finished third in the abbreviated 2020 season, and Mets is sure to welcome a similarly fast return on investment on the new franchise player.