Mets: A trio of bold predictions for Steve Cohen’s first offseason
2) The Mets Trade for Cleveland Indians Shortstop Francisco Lindor
The Cleveland Indians are going to face enormous pressure this offseason to figure out a way to unload Francisco Lindor for something of value before he walks at the end of the 2021 season. With each passing day that no deal is made, the gravity of the situation will increase. Luckily for the Mets, there is no better potential marriage in baseball this offseason than Lindor opening the new Steve Cohen era in Flushing as the new cornerstone of the Mets middle infield for the next decade.
The 26-year old shortstop is going to want to cash in at the end of next season as the highest-paid shortstop in the game, and rightfully so. The Mets will be one of the few teams in the league currently that can afford to pay Lindor his value. Putting this move in perspective, not only does the switch-hitting Lindor improve the Mets already deep lineup, but his Gold Glove defense and his infectious leadership is something that will be a welcome addition to the clubhouse.
It’s not going to be cheap to acquire Lindor, but the Mets will be investing in a player who has his best baseball still ahead of him and is the best at his position. The Mets haven’t added a player of Lindor’s caliber to the organization since acquiring Yoenis Cespedes back in 2015, and we all saw how that trade regenerated the entire organization as well as the fanbase and led to a World Series birth.
I predict Steve Cohen is going to greenlight a couple of big splashes this offseason with Francisco Lindor being one of his big prizes this offseason as we usher in a new era at 41 Seaver Way.