4) Shortstop Francisco Lindor
Now before you start questioning my decision to include Francisco Lindor as a premature move, I think it’s important to outline why we are including Lindor at this point. First and foremost, Lindor is considered a top ten talent in all of Major League Baseball and the Mets have not acquired a star of Lindor’s stature in well over a decade. Lindor is hitting the prime of his career and has seemed to have established himself quite nicely as a member of the Mets clubhouse this spring.
Lindor also has recently opened a new $1 million building during Spring Training that is fittingly named, “The Lindor Building,” at his former middle school Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida. He also recently created the Francisco Lindor Scholarship Fund to help students in need of financial assistance to attend Montverde Academy. Lindor also has established himself as a face of the newly launched “Amazin’ Mets Foundation” by Alex Cohen.
Lindor is a generational talent whose best baseball is still ahead of him. Based on his merit alone from an on-field and philanthropic standpoint there is nobody else more deserving of this final spot. It’ll be exciting to watch Lindor take the field on Opening Day this season, as well as watch the best shortstop in baseball night in and night out anchor the middle of the Mets infield.
If anything Lindor represents a face of hope for Mets fans with new ownership in tow. After years of futility under the Wilpons, Lindor was new owner Steve Cohen’s first splash acquisition and signaled a changing of the guard in New York. Lindor’s arrival has created a buzz around the organization that we have not seen in years and he is the face of a new era of baseball in Queens starting in 2021.
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Arguably the Mets may have the best Puerto Rican position player Mount Rushmore in all of baseball, especially with the addition of Caguas native Francisco Lindor. All that is now missing is a long-term contract to Lindor to make this Mount Rushmore solidified for the next few decades.