Report: Lindor breaks off talks with Tribe

Shortstop says he still wants to stay in Cleveland

Report: Lindor breaks off talks with Tribe
Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor returns to the dugout after scoring on a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (Source: Andrew Harnik)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - According to The Athletic, the Indians and Francisco Lindor have suspended talks on a contract extension to focus on the season. The shortstop told the website that he never felt the two sides were close a deal so he told the team he wanted to make baseball his priority.

Lindor is eligible to be a free agent after the 2021 season, most feel he will command at least $30-million per season. He has previously hinted at wanting to be paid for a long time, perhaps till he is at least 37 years old. He is currently 26.

Lindor told reporter Jason Lloyd that he believes the Indians can field a competitive team around him if they held a payroll of $120 million. They have hit that number three times recently, but this year are closer to $90 million.

No team since the 2003 Marlins have won the World Series with more than 20% of their payroll dedicated to one player, Lindor’s deal would far exceed that threshold. In the case of the Marlins, it was only a one-year contract to Ivan Rodriguez, a much less risky deal for a club than one Lindor is asking for.

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