Paul Dolan does not envision a scenario in the future in which the Cleveland Indians sign a player to a contract in the 10-year, $300 million range. For Dolan, Cleveland signing Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million contract was even the type of outlay they found difficult to justify.
“No, but I never foresaw us doing a deal like we did with Encarnacion,” Dolan said in his spring-training office during a recent sit-down interview with The Athletic. “You don’t know. Probably the day when we do a deal like that is when somebody else is doing $1 billion deals with somebody else.”
Francisco Lindor is one of the best players in the game and will surely command a megadeal once he becomes a free agent if he doesn't sign an extension with Cleveland before then.
Dolan was asked how he would advise fans of the Indians on the Lindor issue.
“Enjoy him,” Dolan said. “We control him for three more years. Enjoy him and then we’ll see what happens.”
Dolan said he isn’t “bothered by the fact we can’t chase the high-end” free agents but added that “where it is painful is when you have one of your own that you can’t keep because the market for them is set by larger markets.”