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The 2019 spring training has been dominated by one thing and one thing only… MONEY. Rather than paying attention to young superstars trying to make their opening day rosters or news breaking that key players will start the season on the disabled list, the attention has been focused on the absurd amount of money some of the game’s biggest stars have received this spring. Earlier this spring Bryce Harper signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies which was shortly followed up with Manny Machado signing a 10-year $300 million contract with the Padres. Both contracts seem to be the biggest any sport has ever seen in free agency. You would think those would be the end of the shopping spree that seemed to occur in baseball, but that was just the beginning of it. Nolan Arenado agreed to an 8-year $260 million extension with the Rockies, Chris Sale agreed to a 5-year $145 million extension with the Red Sox and Mike Trout agreed to a colossal 12-year $430 million contract with the Angels. While many can and will debate the whether the huge contracts that were given out this spring are truly worth the price, the market has certainly been reset for superstars in the same position as Trout, Harper, Machado, and Arenado in the future.
As a Cleveland Indians fan, the dollar amounts on these recent contracts have certainly lowered my expectations for the franchises ability to resign superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor. For a player of Lindor’s status and his proven production, the price he will demand will most definitely in the ballpark of the recent contracts signed by these superstars. For a franchise that could not gather up enough money to re-sign players like Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley, how in the world are they going to give Lindor $350-$400 million? Maybe the Indians have a master plan to keep Lindor in Cleveland long term, but it just doesn’t seem realistic. To put it simply Indians fans, enjoy the next 2-3 years with Lindor because, after that, he is gone forever.