The New York Mets will have quite the decision on their hands heading into the offseason on multiple players currently scheduled for free agency and some players who aren’t yet free-agent eligible. One of those impending free agents in middle infielder Javy Baez has certainly made his case throughout the month of September as a potential solution moving forward for the Mets.
There’s no question that both Francisco Lindor and Javy Baez should be considered both the present and the future starting middle infield for the New York Mets. While money certainly shouldn’t be an object in keeping Baez in Queens for 2022 and beyond, it’s going to be interesting to see how Baez’s market develops this offseason or if the Mets even let him hit the open market.
We’ve seen displays of Baez and Lindor’s unity during the Sunday Night Baseball Yankees’ whistling fiasco, as well as Lindor recently hinting that Owner Steve Cohen has the money to pay Baez what he’s worth this offseason. It also doesn’t seem like much of a coincidence since Baez reunited with Lindor that he has been playing some of the best baseball we have seen in his entire career over the past month. Likewise, Lindor has also seemed to have benefited offensively with Baez’s presence over the last month as well.
It’s no longer a secret that a top priority for the Mets front office this winter is finding a way to keep the middle infield of Francisco Lindor and Javy Baez in tact.
As currently constructed you’d be hard-pressed to find a more dynamic defensive middle infield around the league, and at the same time, it’s fair to say that both players bring the best out of each other night in and night out. Both Baez and Lindor’s personalities have also brought a sense of energy and an identity to a Mets team that has sorely lacked one over the last couple of seasons. If you need any further examples of this energy just reference the recent Mets and Yankees series a couple of weeks ago and how the raucous Citi Field crowd fed into both players.
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While the results on the field have been disappointing, to say the least over the last month and a half for the Mets, both Lindor and Baez have each done their fair share on the field to keep Mets fans optimistic about the potential long-term success of this duo into the coming years. There should be no question that these two players should be infield cornerstones for the Mets along with first baseman Pete Alonso moving forward.