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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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Aug 15, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Mets left fielder Dominic Smith (2) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Mets trade away Dominic Smith to land Francisco Lindor

Finally, we arrive at the final trade from Away Back Gone. This one is classified as their blockbuster deal. It involves two big league names from the Mets.

This trade isn’t much different from the first. The only difference is we swap out Brandon Nimmo for Dominic Smith and the Mets also land outfielder Bradley Zimmer.

It’s hard to know exactly what the Mets have planned for Smith in 2021. Without the DH, things get fishier.

Zimmer’s presence in this deal does nothing for me. He’s a lifetime .224 hitter with only minimal experience in the big leagues over the last four seasons. The Mets have little use for him. If this deal is going to happen, New York needs to get a lot more from Cleveland.

This could be a potential starting point for a different trade. Even with Smith and Gimenez packaged together, I think the two teams could come to some sort of an agreement.

One player on Cleveland’s roster I have interest in is starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco. If the Indians were willing to include him, we can move a little closer toward a deal. It wouldn’t be enough, though. Smith is an emerging potential star. The Mets must get something valuable in return for him in any deal they may strike.

Which trade is best for the Mets?

Between the three trades, the first one feels the most reasonable to me. The Mets get a superstar shortstop and all it takes is to give up a young infielder and an outfielder with potentially less playing time in the near future.

Lindor’s presence on the Mets moves Rosario to the bench. The loss of Nimmo will be felt, but it opens up left field for Smith to potentially play a lot more.

The one trouble with this deal is that Nimmo is nearer to free agency than Cleveland might prefer. The whole point of trading Lindor is to save money.

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I’m beginning to think there might not be any perfect Mets trade for Lindor.

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