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NY Mets: 3 best shortstop options to replace Francisco Lindor

Jul 4, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) gestures during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 4, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) gestures during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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Should the New York Mets pivot away from some of their previous trade targets and look to add a shortstop? Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Hold your breath New York Mets fans. Francisco Lindor is on the IL with an oblique injury which means we’re about to go at least a few days with a shortstop combination of Luis Guillorme and Jonathan Villar.

Not so bad, is it? Guillorme and Villar have played pretty well in 2021. Lindor has been a major disappointment.

However, with an oblique injury, you never how long a player could miss. Lindor is only on the 10-day IL at the moment, but there’s good reason to believe he could miss more time and his injury could extend beyond the July 30 trade deadline. The timing is both perfect and a pain because the Mets have time to react but not enough to think things through fully.

Already in the market for a big bat, it’s possible we see the Mets pivot from looking at a third baseman on the trade market and instead talk to other front offices about their available shortstops. Luckily, there are a whole bunch of them out there.

NY Mets shortstop candidate: Trevor Story

Oddly enough, just yesterday I wrote about how Trevor Story is an imperfect fit for the Mets because of Lindor’s presence on the roster. However, the latest news involving Lindor’s injury could have them thinking otherwise.

I’m not a fan of adding a shortstop of Story’s abilities to play the position for a few weeks only to then move him somewhere else. So, I write this with a twinge of doubt and a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth—but that might just be from going to a buffet and getting my money’s worth times two on Saturday.

Story is going to be costly and rightfully so. He can do everything as well as any other shortstops. Even in a down year like 2021 for him, the Colorado Rockies shouldn’t accept anything short of a shiny package of prospects in return for him.

Not my personal favorite choice because of how messy things could get when Lindor returns, no list of the best available shortstops is complete without him.

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