Writer Corné Hogeveen touched up on a major concern about Lindor in an earlier piece and with help of all of the comments from you guys, I was motivated to look at another major concern with trading for the MVP caliber shortstop.
What hurts Lindor here is the same thing that’s going to have him laughing to the bank in just over a year’s time. There’s no question about Lindor potentially breaking record numbers in pertains to a contract if and when he does hit the market and become a FA.
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The benefit to trading for Lindor before next winter is that the Mets will have a full year to talk contract extension with the shortstop. The downside to this is that it’s going to cost a hefty hefty price in talent, and that comes with absolutely no guarantee of a long term extension.
You also have to look at the 2022 class of Free Agent list, it’s absolutely insane.
Just at the shortstop position, the Mets might be able to make a play at Javier Baez, Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Trevor Story, as well as Francisco Lindor. You’re reading that right.
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Yes, all of these guys are going to be overpriced and there’s going to be owners out there giving the green light. However, not one of these guys will cost a single prospect in the Mets farm system.
I’m not saying the Mets shouldn’t sign or acquire Lindor, the more I think about it, the more I love it. And while I do also love Ronny Mauricio and look forward to his future, the Mets might be better off trading prospects off for someone with more team control instead of a “one and done”.
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This will let Sandy Alderson and Steve Cohen focus on another position via trade, this or next offseason. Again, that will let the Mets upgrade at shortstop without having to part with any prospects.
So yes, the Mets should absolutely try to acquire Lindor. They should also try to acquire Baez, Story, Correa, and Seager but all of them should be looked into next offseason.
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