Shortstop Francisco Lindor
Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor will be one of the hottest names to monitor this entire offseason as he enters his final season under contract with the Indians. The Puerto Rican shortstop is highly regarded as the best shortstop in the game currently and the Indians’ front office has made it known in many ways that he will not be getting a long-term deal. It’s obviously not a talent issue but a budget issue.
While the Mets currently have two young shortstops on their roster in Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez, it’s fair to say neither player has the established pedigree of the 26-year old Lindor, and Lindor would immediately slide in as one of the main faces of the Mets franchise. That’s not a knock on either Rosario or Gimenez as both players have the potential to be very good players for years to come, but with Lindor, you would be receiving the best player at his position in the entire league.
One of the key parts of this move is the Mets would have the ability to pay Lindor top dollar which is something Cleveland’s brass is unable to do, and he would anchor the middle infield for the next decade. While the players that the Mets will have to send to Cleveland to acquire the services of the switch-hitting shortstop will not be cheap, the Mets in return would be receiving a four-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove Award winner, and a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner that would signal the beginning of a new era in Flushing.