King of New York

The highest-paid shortstop in 2021 realized it’s better late than never to prove he’s worth his eye-popping extension — and there’s no better stage as a Met than the Subway Series.

Despite a disappointing season that included missing over a month to injury, Francisco Lindor is showing signs of the hitting prowess that earned him the 10-year, $341 million extension that kicks in next season.

Lindor hit three home runs Sunday night, including the game-winning shot in the eighth inning, in a 7-6 win over the Yankees that moved the Mets within three games of the second NL Wild Card.

  • He makes $22.3 million in base salary, the 24th-highest among all players.
  • He’ll begin making $32 million per season in 2022, becoming the seventh-highest-paid MLB player.
  • It was his first career three-homer game, and with his second home run, Lindor became the 11th player in Mets history to homer from both sides of the plate.

He is hitting .260 with 14 homers and 43 RBIs in his last 63 games, and the Mets have a realistic shot to sneak into October baseball with 18 games remaining.

The Yankees, meanwhile, lost for the 12th time in their last 15 games and are now a game behind the Red Sox and Blue Jays for the two AL Wild Cards.