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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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Jul 16, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jonathan Villar (1) gestures to the Pittsburgh Pirates dugout during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

NY Mets shortstop candidate: The field

I looked at the rest of the teams expected to sell at the trade deadline. Frankly, no one makes too much sense for the Mets.

Why is that? None are really much of an upgrade over what Guillorme and/or Villar can accomplish.

Jose Iglesias of the Los Angeles Angels intrigued me most. The problem I have there is he’d just become a bench player when Lindor is off the IL. This doesn’t help matters. Villar can outhit him and Guillorme is as good, if not better, with the glove.

Many other out-of-contention ball clubs either have young and controllable shortstops, likely making them unavailable. Then there are guys like Nick Ahmed on the Arizona Diamondbacks. He doesn’t excite me whatsoever.

Could it be that there really are only two major trade candidates for the Mets to consider at shortstop?

If pivoting away from Kris Bryant and a few other potential trade candidates for a shortstop is what the Mets have planned, it would seem to be a knee-jerk reaction. They clearly could use a big bat. It only took a game after the All-Star Break to remind us of this.

There’s a reason why the Mets signed Villar this winter: for this exact moment. After filling in admirable for a large portion of this season at third base, it’s time to now see what he can do at shortstop. And if that doesn’t work, let’s get The Great Bearded One in there every day.

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Sorry to disappoint you but there is no actual third trade candidate. Whether it’s Guillorme or Villar, he’s already on the payroll.

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