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NY Mets: 3 accomplishments we want from Francisco Lindor

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Francisco Lindor #12 of the New York Mets in action during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on April 24, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Francisco Lindor #12 of the New York Mets in action during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on April 24, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
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Mar 28, 2021; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) flips the ball to second base to get the force out of Miami Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro (38, not pictured) in the 4th inning of the spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Win five Gold Gloves Awards

The shortstop position has been a bit of a weird spot for the Mets. Since Jose Reyes’ departure, the Mets have run the gamut of shortstops – some who could field, but can’t hit, while others could hit but couldn’t field.  Omar Quintanilla, Ruben Tejada, Alex Cora, Wilmer Flores, (bad) Justin Turner, and Amed Rosario all got chances to hold down the position. Only Asdrubal Cabrera and Andres Gimenez offered positive value.

In short, the Mets have lacked that true two-way shortstop despite overtures of the roster multiple times.

One of the biggest benefits of the Lindor trade was the upgrade defensively. Lindor came to New York from Cleveland with two gold gloves and a reputation as an elite defender. And such needs to maintain his elite defender status. So far this season, Lindor remains a good defender, with most of his defensive stats ranging positive. We even have some gems this season that has easily saved the Mets some runs and even save some games.

Lindor has two Gold Gloves so far in his career, so the idea of him winning 10 feels unrealistic. At some point, Father Time wins, meaning Lindor will most likely shift to either second or third as he gets closer to his mid-30’s. For the next 11 seasons, let’s say 5 Gold Gloves – 3 at shortstop, 2 at his new position – giving the Mets fan a stable defender, regardless of position – for most of his contract.

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