Lindor, Mets still not close on long-term contract?
New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) before hitting during a spring training game between the Miami Marlins and the New York Mets. Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

Francisco Lindor, Mets still not close on long-term contract?

With less than a week to go before four-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor will stop discussing a long-term contract with the New York Mets, per his own words, it appears the two parties are no closer to putting pen to paper on an agreement than they were a week ago. 

On Friday, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News tweeted that there is "still no movement" on contract extension talks between Lindor and the Mets: 

This follows an SNY report from March 19 that said the "Mets are almost certainly willing to get to $300 million to lock up Lindor" but added the two were "not currently close on what constitutes a fair price." 

As much as Mets fans may want to panic, Thosar did well to remind all to relax heading into the final weekend of March.

Since joining the Mets via a January trade with the Cleveland Indians that resulted in right-hander Carlos Carrasco also making the move to the Big Apple, Lindor has repeated that he won't negotiate past Opening Day, set for next Thursday.

"I have never negotiated a contract during a season," Lindor said in January. "Never. I've always said before spring training, but once it gets to a point in spring training, it's time to enjoy the ride and focus on winning and that's the only thing I should be focusing on, not how much money I'm going to get." 

The countdown is on. 

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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