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Francisco Lindor contract details: Mets usher in new era with mega-deal for megastar

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Francisco Lindor contract details: Mets usher in new era with mega-deal for megastar

Francisco Lindor is used to playing around the bag. But now, he has secured it.

Just after the strike of midnight on Opening Day, the Mets and the superstar shortstop agreed to a 10-year, $341 million contract that will keep Lindor in the Big Apple through the 2031 season. Exhale, Mets fans — and rejoice. 

While their savvy offseason moves breathed life into the franchise, Steve Cohen and the Mets rang in the 2021 MLB season with a clear message: These ain’t your daddy’s Mets. Gone are the days of fans begging the Wilpon ownership group to make the smart financial decisions and the home-run moves (no pun intended). 

MORE: Mets fans everywhere are thrilled with the Lindor news

The most important thing — winning — has yet to come for New York, but they are, at least, moving in the right direction.

Sure, the last few hours before the deal was signed were a bit dramatic. The deal was reportedly agreed to in literally the 11th hour, and came in at the bell of the imposed Opening Day deadline Lindor set. 

Would you expect anything less from the Mets? 

Here’s what you need to know about the deal, which begins during the 2022 MLB season:

Francisco Lindor contract details

Per multiple reports, Lindor and the Mets agreed to a 10-year, $341 million pact that will keep Lindor in a Mets uniform through the 2031 season, his age 37 season. Like recent mega-deals signed by MLB players, this one features a few bells and whistles, as well.

Per The NY Post’s Joel Sherman, Lindor is getting $32 million per year, with $5 million deferred money per year between 2032 to 2041. Lindor also gets a $21 million signing bonus, all adding up to $341 million.

Year Money (deferred)
(Signing bonus) $21 million
2022 $32 million ($5 million)
2023 $32 million ($5 million)
2024 $32 million ($5 million)
2025 $32 million ($5 million)
2026 $32 million ($5 million)
2027 $32 million ($5 million)
2028 $32 million ($5 million)
2029 $32 million ($5 million)
2030 $32 million ($5 million)
2031 $32 million ($5 million)
Total $341 million ($50 million)

Contract details according to Spotrac.com and media reports. 

Sherman also reports that the deal features a limited no-trade clause, with a list of 15 teams that Lindor cannot be traded to.

The deal locks Lindor in New York through his age 37 season, which isn’t bad, all things considered. Even if Lindor declines in his age 35 through 37 seasons — as most superstars do — the Mets are getting a star in his prime now, in a window that’s open now, for a new owner and a fanbase in desperate want for a winner.

And that’s amazin’.

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Anthony Edwards has no idea who Alex Rodriguez, potential Timberwolves owner, is

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Anthony Edwards, meet Alex Rodriguez: Your potential future boss. Oh, and only one of the most singularly talented, charismatic and controversial MLB players this millennium.

As Rodriguez and e-commerce billionaire Marc Lore continue to finalize a deal with current Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor to take over the Minnesota franchise, reporters began asking current players their thoughts on their potential new boss.

But Edwards, the rookie out of Georgia, has no idea who Rodriguez is, as this exceptionally funny video showcases:

MORE: Rodriguez, Marc Lore negotiating deal to buy Timberwolves

Hey, at least he’s honest. And the explanation that he simply doesn’t watch baseball — as if only MLB fans know Rodriguez — is pure comedy. It’s not as if Edwards doesn’t understand the sport of baseball, either. In the video below, he describes how he was talented enough as a multi-athlete star to play in MLB had he decided to take that career route:

To be fair, Edwards, 19, wasn’t even born yet when Rodriguez began his MLB career in 1994 with the Seattle Mariners. And he was just 15 years old when Rodriguez hung up the cleats for the final time after the 2016 season.

Still, you’d think he would have at least heard of someone who was a 14-time All-Star selection, three-time AL MVP, two-time Gold Glove Award winner and 10-time Silver Slugger Award winner, among other accolades. And that’s to say nothing of his controversial PED use, which cost Rodriguez the entirety of the 2014 season due to suspension.

Look at it this way: If Rodriguez ends up gaining ownership of the Timberwolves, Edwards will have plenty of future opportunities to learn more about his new boss.

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Aaron Rodgers has perfect response for ‘Jeopardy!’ contestants who whiff on Packers question

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Aaron Rodgers has perfect response for 'Jeopardy!' contestants who whiff on Packers question

Who are the Green Bay Packers?

Only one of the most historic franchises in the history of the NFL, owner of 13 championships and four Super Bowl victories and the current team of “Jeopardy!” guest host Aaron Rodgers. Oh, and a question on Tuesday’s episode.

MORE: ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant leaves guest host Aaron Rodgers laughing with troll-tastic response

Unfortunately, all three contestants whiffed on the question after Rodgers’ introduction: “In the 1960s, these Midwesterners earned five NFL championship trophies.” Rodgers, of course, referred to Vince Lombardi’s Packers, who won titles in 1961, ’62, ’65, ’66 and ’67 — the latter two Super Bowl victories.

To make matters worse, one of the contestants then managed to correctly guess the Boston Celtics as the team to win the NBA title every year from 1959-66.

At the very least, it afforded viewers the opportunity to watch Rodgers show off his comedic chops. He clearly has picked up a few tricks from his discount double check and State Farm ad appearances. It certainly will do nothing to curb his enthusiasm for hosting the show full-time — while also serving as quarterback for the Packers.

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Jake Paul accused of sexual assault by TikTok star

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YouTube personality-turned-boxer Jake Paul has been accused of sexual assault.

Paul’s accuser, Jasmine Paradise, posted a 20-minute YouTube video on Friday in which she claimed Paul sexually assaulted her at his Team 10 house in Los Angeles. Paradise is a TikTok star with more than 525,000 followers.

In the video, Paradise focused on events she said occurred in June and July 2019; she said she met Paul at his home in July of that year after visiting his house several times with friends starting in June. In the video, Paradise said she and Paul had several awkward encounters at first, but that one night he pulled her into a corner of his studio area and began kissing her. She said she “was fine with that. I did think he was cute.”

Afterward, however, Paradise said Paul took her into his room and began to show frustration at her reluctance to have sex with him. She said he forced her to have oral sex after she told him “No” several times.

“Sex is very special and very important to me,” Paradise said in the video. “But I haven’t had sex with that many people. Normally, everybody respects me when I don’t want to do sexual things, so I thought that it was fine if I went in his room. I thought it would be fine to kiss him, because I thought he would stop if I didn’t want to do anything else.

“He didn’t ask for consent or anything. He knew I didn’t want to do anything with him because he said, ‘If nothing is gonna happen, what’s the point?’ Then he shoves himself in me.

“That’s not okay. On no level at all is that okay.”

Paradise also posted several text conversations between her and Paul, as well as photos and videos of her at his Team 10 house, as proof of her allegations in the video.

Daniel E. Gardenswartz, Paul’s lawyer, said his client “categorically denied” Paradise’s claims in a statement (via the New York Post).

“Our client is aware of the recent allegation against him. While others have already begun to debunk the claim alleged against him, our client categorically denies the allegation and has every intention of aggressively disproving it and pursuing legal action against those responsible for the defamation of his character.”

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