Three Mets trades from three fans to land Francisco Lindor
Amed Rosario was once considered the shortstop of the future for the New York Mets. After some early ups and downs, could he be a key piece in bringing in the new shortstop of the future?
There are some fans who don’t want the Mets to trade away many, if any prospects for Lindor. With more conservative stance, albeit a much understandable one, Elizabeth Muratore suggested that the Mets not go too steep in talent to acquire Lindor. Muratore stated that the Mets shouldn’t be players for Lindor this offseason unless the price was incredibly low given the circumstances financially and contractually with the Indians. Here’s the proposed trade:
Mark Vientos, the Mets 7th best prospect according to Baseball America, was the Mets player of the year in 2019. Providing average defense, but potential plus-side power, the third baseman has a chance to big bat once he gets called up to the majors. With Lindor being a free agent, but also MVP-candidate Jose Ramirez in the final two years of his contract, Vientos may provide a nice option at third base in the event that Ramirez can’t be retained or they could slot him to second base since he’s played over 1,000 innings there in his career.
With Amed Rosario, the Indians could take the potential upside that came with him after being the organization’s top prospect a few years ago. While replacing Lindor with Rosario may not produce the same results offensively, there’s still plenty to like about Rosario who is just 25 years young. Rosario is also arbitration-eligible over the next two years and is set to make about $2.2M this year, which would be a huge financial relief for the smaller market in need of breathing room on their payroll.
Ultimately, the price may be too low to execute a deal, but considering the Indians aggression in shopping Lindor and New York having the finances to actually extend him, the Indians could take a bit of discount in talent in order to unload his salary this year while also getting young, somewhat controllable talent for years to come.