Francisco Lindor Traded to the New York Mets – Instant Reaction
By; Jose Bouquett (@JoseBouquett)
Holy shit, Steve Cohen is actually doing what he said he would do.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 7, 2021
The New York Mets have traded for arguably the best shortstop in all of baseball, Francisco Lindor. This is the blockbuster move that the baseball world has been waiting on due to rumors of Lindor’s unrest in Cleveland growing and his free agency looming.
What we just witnessed is the the infield version of the Mookie Betts trade.
— Spotrac (@spotrac) January 7, 2021
-Andres Gimenez recorded a 1.1 WAR in 49 games for the Mets in 2020
-Josh Wolf was a 2019 second round pick and the Mets #9 ranked prospect on https://t.co/rjsjpTwRRc
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) January 7, 2021
The Mets even acquired an excellent pitcher to fill the David Price role of the trade with Carlos “Cookie” Carrasco, who has been dominant in stretches, but his career was derailed after he was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia days after a start in 2019. Carrasco made his return to baseball in 2020, still throwing in the mid-90s and posting a sub-three ERA in the shortened season.
Lindor is exactly the superstar that the Mets need to be the face of the franchise. His smile is like a 100-megawatt burst of energy that the whole franchise has needed and that new owner Steve Cohen promised when he purchased the team.
Newsflash, it doesn't matter how good your farm system is when you're the 77th-richest person on Earth 🤪 https://t.co/doDslAjU2F
— Céspedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) January 7, 2021
This is the position that Mets fans have dreamed about being but knew that their former owners, the Wilpons, would never shell out the kind of cash that it will take to retain the talents of a Lindor type player but, luckily Cohen has money coming out of his ears and has taken advantage of teams trying to shed salary in this new reality of baseball that we all live in. Lindor will receive a Bett’s-like contract, but the question will be if he tests free agency like Bett’s said he would but ultimately didn’t due to the FAT check the Dodgers cut him.
As for the Indians, it is a TOUGH day to be you. I understand I’ve been there before. Trading your homegrown superstar talent for slapdick prospects who won’t be in the majors for a minute HURTS. But Indians fans are no strangers to losing superstar talent. Cleveland fans look away;
The Tribe has let these players leave via Free Agency or Trade:
- Dennis Eckersley to the Boston Red Sox for Ted Cox, Bo Diaz, Mike Paxton, and Rick Wise.
- Luis Tiant for Dean Chance, Bob Miller, Graig Nettles, and Ted Uhlaender
- Jim Thome, Free Agency
- CC Sabathia to the Milwaukee Brewers for Michael Brantley, Rob Bryson, Zach Jackson, and Matt LaPorta
- Cliff Lee to the Philadelphia Phillies for Jason Knapp, the Carlos as mentioned above Carrasco, Jason Donald and Lou Marson
- Manny Ramirez, Free Agency
There are plenty more to add, but I don’t want to continue to stab Indians fans in the heart. Add Lindor to the list of fantastic Cleveland baseball players to leave the club.
Will the pieces acquired by the Indians help them win an AL Central in 2020?
Cleveland has been a constant competitor since Terry Francona’s arrival and still has an absolute stable of arms that will keep the Tribe in ballgames; they are widely considered one of the smartest baseball franchises and top tier in developing talent. However, you need to score runs in baseball… and they had one of the worst offenses in the majors in 2020.
- 23rd in Batting Average
- 27th in OPS
- 27th in Home Runs
- 22nd in Hits
- 24th in Runs
The frugality of the Dolan ownership (If your last name is Dolan, you should consider not purchasing Sports Franchises) has cost them yet another generational talent.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and with the Mets locking up the crown jewel of the offseason, they have firmly put themselves in a spot to compete for a very tough NL East.
I just hope Mets fans and the bandwagon Mets fans (see below) are ready for meaningful baseball again.
— Taco Joe | BLM (@tacojoe_) January 7, 2021