Francisco Lindor, Mets approaching deadline without deal
Francisco Lindor set Opening Day as the deadline for the Mets to give him a new deal. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Francisco Lindor, Mets approaching deadline without long-term contract

Fans of the New York Mets have one last hope as it pertains to four-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor agreeing to a long-term contract ahead of the Thursday deadline he set shortly after the Mets acquired the 27-year-old via a January trade with the Cleveland Indians: No news could be good news. 

Newsday's Tim Healey reported earlier on Wednesday that there were "no talks" between the two sides occurring as of his tweet and that none were expected. It appears that's accurate as afternoon gives way to evening, because there's no indication the situation has changed from the previous day. 

Lindor has repeatedly said he won't negotiate past Opening Day. 

Lindor's camp reportedly declined an offer of a 10-year contract worth $325 million and countered with 12 years and $385 million. Either the Mets have a pleasant surprise planned for fans and are waiting until the 11th hour to announce they've accepted those terms, or the talks went from stalled to nonexistent less than 24 hours before New York is set to open the regular season at the Washington Nationals on Thursday evening. 

The status of that game remains up in the air. At least one Washington player recently tested positive for COVID-19, and five players and a staff member will be out Thursday following contact tracing, according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN. MLB gave the teams Friday off in the event of a weather-related cancellation and could postpone Thursday's matchup to Friday to ensure the Nationals aren't dealing with a coronavirus outbreak.

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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