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Mets: Three Francisco Lindor trade ideas from a Cleveland fan

Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) rounds third on his way to home plate during the fifth inning of Game 2 of the American League Wild Card Series, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Cleveland, Ohio. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]
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Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) rounds third on his way to home plate during the fifth inning of Game 2 of the American League Wild Card Series, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Cleveland, Ohio. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal] Indians01 21
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Sep 19, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (60) is greeted by center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after scoring in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

From FanSided’s Cleveland Indians blog, Away Back Gone, come three trade proposals for the New York Mets involving shortstop Francisco Lindor.

Over in Ohio, Cleveland Indians fans are waiting for two things. One is the new nickname coming to the city. The other, probably more immediate, is what happens with star shortstops Francisco Lindor. We’ve covered Lindor from a New York Mets perspective plenty on Rising Apple this winter. Over at Away Back Gone, FanSided’s Indians website, writer Kyle Edmond has some thoughts on what a deal between these two teams could look like.

It has already been made known that the Indians would like to make a deal with the Mets. New York has a lot to offer. As Edmond examined, there are three different types of trades that are possible.

Although none of these trades might be perfect, I think it’s a good starting point.

Mets trade two big leaguers for Francisco Lindor

The first trade proposed can fall into the category of “immediate help” for Cleveland. They get back two guys with big league experience in exchange for Lindor.

This is a pretty basic trade. The Indians get an outfielder, Brandon Nimmo, and also pick up the obvious replacement for Lindor, Andres Gimenez.

There’s not much to dislike about this trade from a Mets perspective. It seems the club may need to deal away Nimmo or one of their other top trade candidates at some point this winter. Why not do so in this deal if it helps get it done?

Some may hesitate at the idea of trading Gimenez away. He was an exciting player in 2020. I imagine there are some out there that would prefer to see Amed Rosario’s name in this trade proposed by Edmond.

I can’t really say much negative about this trade. There’s as much of a chance for both teams to come away as the winner or loser. As with any deal involving Lindor, the key is to sign him to an extension immediately.

I’m not saying I would make this trade. However, if it was proposed to me, I’m not going to slam down the phone and laugh at Mike Chernoff.

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