When the New York Mets acquired Francisco Lindor back in January of 2021, Mets fans knew they were in for a special player, as Lindor arguably was regarded as the best shortstop in baseball. While Lindor scuffled a bit during his first season as a member of the Mets, last season he had a full-on breakout season and basically had the best offensive season of any shortstop in Mets history.
Last season Lindor hit .270/.339/..449 with 26 home runs 107 RBI with a 5.4 WAR on his way to help lead the Mets to their first postseason since 2016. While it's early to rank the 29-year-old Lindor as the current greatest shortstop in Mets history, he's not far off.
Francisco Lindor is currently etching his name in Mets history as one of the greatest shortstops to ever play in Flushing
We have plenty of years left ahead of us to watch Lindor (8 seasons left to be exact) during his prime to legitimately make a case to be one of the greatest position players to ever wear a Mets uniform. However, he will have to consistently produce at the level he did during the 2022 season. The only shortstop I believe is still ahead of Lindor in terms of all-time great shortstops in Mets history is Jose Reyes.
Reyes was not only one of the most productive shortstops in Mets history, but he also had endeared himself to the fans night in and night out over the 12 seasons he was in Flushing. Any fan who saw prime Jose Reyes play knew he was must-watch TV up until departing the Mets after the 2011 season via free agency.
Lindor is not far from taking the number one spot as the best shortstop in Mets history, especially if there is a World Series or two involved over the next several seasons. With Lindor seemingly becoming comfortable under the bright lights of New York City, the transformation has been seen in his interactions with the media, the fans, and his on-field production. Look from him to leap from the number two spot to number one in short order.