Does the richest contract in American sports history impact Lindor's future with the Indians? Most would say yes and make a sarcastic comment about how 'Frankie is as good as gone.' Every deal involving a shortstop impacts the market and this one shows what a top player can get in free agency.
We knew Machado was going to get $25-30 million per season, didn't we? Instead of thinking about how Lindor is going to leave in a few years, let's look at this situation rationally.
Machado, 26, is a four-time All-Star who has shown ability to play both shortstop and third base. He's hit at least 33 home runs in four-straight seasons. Machado was the best free agent available this offseason. He posted a career-high .905 OPS in 2018, finishing with a .297/.367/.538 slash line.
There's no reason for Lindor to sign an extension with the Indians now, unless it's the same offer Machado agreed to. The front office shouldn't want to do a deal like that, knowing he's under team control through 2021.
The Indians have a great player for the next three seasons. It's natural to worry about his future. If he continues to play at a high-level, then he will get a contract similar to Machado's.
The Padres aren't a big market team. San Diego's payroll is always around or below $100 million per season. They were able to sign Machado to a $300 million contract. Maybe Cleveland will be in a similar situation. The Indians only have $12 million on the books for 2022. Jose Ramirez and Roberto Perez have club options that would raise payroll to $30 million. That would be the first year of Lindor's new contract.