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MLB Weekly Digest April 5th Edition: New York Mets Sign Shortstop Francisco Lindor to 10-Year Extension

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The prior week in MLB was about a team in the National League signing a shortstop to an extension, the league announces length of the draft this year, and a player in the American League is placed on the injured list.

New York Mets Sign Shortstop Francisco Lindor to 10-Year Extension

The New York Mets have reached an agreement with shortstop Francisco Lindor on a contract extension.

The club has signed Lindor to a 10-year, $341-million extension, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.

The uber-talented shortstop will make $362.3 million over the next 11 years because the new contract does not start until 2022, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Lindor will earn $32 million per season with $5 million deferred each year to 2032-41, says Sherman.

Lindor is also receiving a signing bonus worth $21 million.

The Mets had never given a player a $200-million deal, and under new owner, Steve Cohen, have signed Lindor to the third-largest contract in MLB history, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The team signed third baseman David Wright to a $138-million deal in November 2012, which was the biggest deal they agreed to before the Lindor extension.

The new contract for Lindor does not include any opt-out clauses, and he will receive a partial no-trade clause, per Sherman.

Lindor is one of the best shortstops in MLB as he is a great hitter and plays solid defense.

2021 MLB Draft Will Be 20 Rounds

The 2021 Major League Baseball Draft will be 20 rounds, per J.J. Cooper of Baseball America.

MLB had an agreement with the players’ association that allowed the league to reduce the 2021 draft to 20 rounds without having the union’s approval, says Cooper.

There was an understanding from both sides that the draft this year was would be between 20 and 30 rounds.

The draft usually is 40 rounds, but the 2020 draft was just five rounds because of the pandemic.

The 2021 draft having 20 rounds is ideal for both teams and players looking forward to being drafted.

The longer draft will allow teams to add more talented players to their farm system instead of last year when there were just five rounds.

Minnesota Twins Place Third Baseman Josh Donaldson on Injured List with Hamstring Strain

The Minnesota Twins have placed third baseman Josh Donaldson on the injured list with a mild right hamstring strain, per a team announcement.

Donaldson was removed from a game several days ago as he suffered the injury while running the bases.

Donaldson appeared in 28 games for the Twins last year and had mixed results at the plate.

He posted a .222 batting average and .842 OPS, six home runs, and 11 RBIs.

The prior season in 2019 was much better, as he compiled a .259 average and .900 OPS in 155 games with 37 home runs and 94 RBIs.

The club will probably take a cautious approach with the hamstring injury that Donaldson suffered.

It is the type of injury that can linger on through a season if it does not receive proper treatment.

The Twins will need Donaldson healthy to have a chance of contending for the American League Central crown.

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