For someone with little time in the majors, that's a lot of bread to turn down. Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Apparently we are at the point in professional sports where 23-year-old baseball players are turning down $100 million in cold hard cash. We knew it was coming. It was just a matter of time. But that doesn’t make it any more absurd.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci, Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor just recently turned down an extension that would have paid him roughly $100 million.

Lindor, all of 23 years old, has accrued one year and 100-plus days of service time. This means he won’t hit free agency until after the 2021 season. The highest contract awarded to a player with his service time is the seven-year, $58 million deal fellow shortstop Andrelton Simmons signed with his former Braves team back in 2014. Needless to say, Lindor’s offer would have shattered that.

It makes some sense that Lindor would hold off a bit before inking pen to paper on a new deal. He will be arbitration eligible in 2019 and will likely receive a hefty raise throughout that process. He also received a signing bonus of nearly $3 million in his first deal with the Indians.

The youngster is coming off a 2016 season that saw him hit .301 with 15 homers, 78 RBI and 19 stolen bases for the defending American League champs. He’s surely banking on continued progression from here on out.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.

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QUIZ: Name every member of the Cleveland Indians franchise who is in the MLB Hall of Fame

Thirty-one players in the history of the Cleveland Indians franchise are members of the MLB Hall of Fame. How many of them can you name?

Note: Includes members of the Cleveland Naps

Note: * Means not consecutive years played

Clue: Years active with the team

Score:
0/31
Time:
10:00
1999-2001
Roberto Alomar
1929-1939
Earl Averill
1981-1985
Bert Blyleven
1938-1950
Lou Boudreau
1987
Steve Carlton
1916-1924
Stan Coveleski
1947-1958*
Larry Doby
1975-1977
Dennis Eckersley
1936-1956*
Bob Feller
1902-1910
Elmer Flick
1947-1960*
Joe Gordon
1902-1910
Addie Joss
1955
Ralph Kiner
1902-1914
Nap Lajoie
1941-1958*
Bob Lemon
1947-1956*
Al Lopez
1994-1996
Eddie Murray
1954-1955
Hal Newhouser
1986-1987
Phil Niekro
1948-1949
Satchel Paige
1972-1975
Gaylord Perry
1934
Sam Rice
1974-1977
Frank Robinson
1920-1930
Joe Sewell
1913,1915
Billy Southworth
1916-1926
Tris Speaker
1957-1958
Hoyt Wilhelm
1957
Dick Williams
1995
Dave Winfield
1949-1963*
Early Wynn
1909-1911
Cy Young
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