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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 13: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Minnesota Twins on September 13, 2020 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 13: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Minnesota Twins on September 13, 2020 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 17: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets in action during an intra squad game at Citi Field on July 17, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

If the Mets are determined to get Lindor this offseason, Brandon Nimmo could be one of the pieces that secures a trade between them and the Indians this offseason.

There’s no doubt that if the Mets want to get Lindor, they can easily have him. However, to outbid other potential suitors would mean pulling from the aforementioned thin farm system. There are other priorities than Lindor, but come late January or February, he would be a sweet cherry on top and the deal proposed by Allen Settle would all but secure Lindor playing in Queens next year. Here’s the deal Settle suggested:

This unequivocally would get the deal done, but the question becomes, do the Mets pull the trigger and give up this quantity of talent? In this trade, the Indians receive three Major League pieces who have all success at the big league level in addition to the eighth and ninth-ranked prospects.

In this scenario, the Indians could potentially send another piece pack with Lindor, but without an extra piece, this deal would be up to the Mets as the Indians would absolutely say yes to this package.

Settle raises an interesting point and one that becomes even more prominent if the Mets do, in fact, sign George Springer, which is – where would you play everyone? If the Mets do in fact sign Springer and the DH doesn’t make an appearance in 2020, how do the Mets get at-bats every day for Dom Smith and Brandon Nimmo? How does Gimenez get playing time if Davis is manning third, Rosario is at short and McNeil is at second? Trading Nimmo clears a path for Smith to become the every day left fielder, while including Gimenez into the everyday lineup.

Based on what Alderson has said publicly, it doesn’t seem as though this is the type of package the Mets would want to put together given the amount of talent they’d be losing, but at the same time, outside of Nimmo, the Mets would be losing players who are more than likely to lose at-bats in 2021.

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While the new ownership is looking to build a sustained contender in the future, they’re also looking to build a winning club in the immediate and there’s no doubt that Lindor helps them towards that goal both in the short and long term. As Casey Stern says, “prospects are cool, parades are cooler”.

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