New York, NY—The world of baseball has been buzzing over the recent trade by the New York Mets of Francisco Lindor. Lindor, who many agree to be the best shortstop in the majors, becomes the first blockbuster move of the Steve Cohen era in Queens.
This comes on the heels of the recent signing of Trevor May and James McCann. This infusion of talent has generated quite the buzz, not only among Mets fans but also among the fans of rival teams, members of the media, and pundits alike.
At just 27 years of age, Francisco Lindor comes to the Mets with an impressive resume. Since the start of 2017, here is how Lindor ranks among MLB SS:
• Games 520 (1st)
• HRs 111 (1st)
• RBI. 282 (4th)
• OPS. .844 (4th)
• WAR 19.6 (1st)
How exactly does such a prominent Superstar become available to be poached by the New York Mets anyway? 2020 was an unprecedented year in major league baseball. The league played a total of 60 games out of 182, a byproduct of Covid-19. Additional ramifications included billions in loss of revenue to the team owners.
One of those franchises is the Cleveland Indians. Their Superstar is entering the final year of his contract. Facing the reality of not having the financial means to resign Lindor to an extension, coupled with the possibility of losing him for nothing in free agency, the club felt coerced to deal with him; enter The Mets.
“If we don’t win the World Series in 3-5 years, that would be disappointing”. This was the most significant quote by Steve Cohen at his first press conference as the new owner of the NY Mets.
Less than three months following the proclamation, a blockbuster deal was made in vainglorious fashion. A significant step to materialize such an ambitious proclamation.