The tenderloin is now served.
Now we’ve got to the fireworks factory.
Are we all preparing for a Yankees-Mets Hot Stove battle, thanks to the fact that the legs are flipped over or the downward pitch?
Let’s give New York a big welcome to Francisco Lindor.
More than any current freelance, the Lindor non-freelance employee is the kind of talent both Big Apple teams should seriously consider for. A year away from the open market, his original team, the Indians, are suffering financially loss, have informed other clubs of their intention to trade him this winter, a industry sources confirm (as first reported by USA Today).
Timing seems more optimal for the Mets than for the Yankees. However, Lindor possesses so high a magnetic power that he should force the Yankees to think creatively about adding him.
Why? Start with the analysis, because you all secretly love them: From 2015 to 2020, Lindor has a total of 28.4 wins over a replacement, according to Baseball-Reference.com. That ranked him sixth in all Major League baseball leagues during that time, following the following Fab Five: Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt and Manny Machado. Such a six-year period brought a guy to Cooperstown in half. At 26, Lindor is by far the youngest member of this group. His Subpar 2020 (0.8 WAR) could easily be considered a 2020-ness sampled.
Then move on to the type of player (five instruments) and the (active) person he established himself, and you’re talking about the kind of person who can sell tickets, if the clubs sell tickets again. Who can play a leading role in the advertisement.
As for the Mets, entering Lindor seems easier: Make Amed Rosario or Ronny Mauricio (or Andres Gimenez, if the Indians prefer him over the others) as the centerpiece of the multiplayer commercial pack. Steve Cohen, who tweeted on Thursday that he hopes to finish buying the Mets as early as Friday, can afford a renewal ($ 300 million in 10 years?
For the Yankees, the Lindor match represents a game of the Jenga squad: If they get Lindor and his 2021 salary, it means there is no DJ LeMahieu, given their intentions to cut. reduce payroll. And to get Lindor, they might have to choose Gleyber Torres or Luke Voit as the main piece. Can the Yankees replace Voit in the first base with Miguel Andujar, who only played in that position during spring training? Can they find a way to trade Giancarlo Stanton, as Joel Sherman suggested, in a way that could open up the payroll space for LeMahieu back? Lindor’s extension of the Yankees will also be more complicated due to their luxury tax concerns; they could sign a one-year contract for him in 2021 for around $ 20 million, then give him an extension starting in 2022 to keep their 2021 bill down.
Lindor will be worthy of the Yankees’ in a way that JT Realmuto and Trevor Bauer would not because of his age and marketability; Mets will most likely be in Realmuto and probably Bauer. As for all the gossip about Mets trying to steal LeMahieu from the Yankees, he doesn’t match them in terms of location, and calls me a madman, but I don’t think LeMahieu would be interested in switching sides. New York, not after he enjoyed his time in the headband. It was reminiscent of Andy Pettitte’s refusal to leave the Yankees for the Red Sox during the 2003-04 season.
No, the most sensible Cohen-Steinbrenner vault opening challenge is Lindor, who can of course be traded for any major team. It will happen? I am skeptical of the Yankees’ budget. However, this season, diligence, flexibility or surprise is not ruled out. When you can expect Lindor to trade, all teams should get in on that, New York’s twin powers (sounds odd, doesn’t it?) Stay ahead.