Filet mignon is now served.
Now we have reached the firecracker factory.
We’re all fixing up for a Yankees-Mets hot stove fight, thanks to the fact that the fling is flipping too or at all?
Let’s give a big New York welcome to Francisco Lindor.
More than any current free agent, non-free agent Lindor stands as the type of talent that both teams in the Big Apple should seriously consider acquiring. A year away from the open market, his original team has informed other clubs of his intention to trade them this winter, financially harming the Indians, according to an industry source confirmed.
Time seems to be more optimal for Mets than Yantes. However, Lindor has such a high, magnetism that should compel the Yankees to think creatively about connecting.
Why? Start with the analytics, because you all secretly love them: From 2015 to 2020, according to Baseball-Reference.com, Lindor managed a total of 28.4 wins over replacements. He ranks him sixth in all-time Major League Baseball behind that Fab Five: Mike Trout, Mickey Bates, Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldsmidt and Manny Machado. Such a six-year stretch takes a man halfway to Cooperstown. At the age of 26, Lindor is by far the youngest member of the group. Its subpar 2020 (0.8 WAR) can easily be closed as a small-sampled 2020-ness.
Then turn to the type of player (the five-tool) and the person (dynamic) that he has established himself, and you’re talking about the type of person who can sell tickets, if clubs ever sell tickets . Who can act in commercials.
For the Mets, a Lindor import seems easy: what would a multiplayer package be if Amed Rosario or Ronnie Mauricio (or Andrés Jimenez, if the Indians preferred him more than other shortstops). Steve Cohen, who tweeted on Thursday that he expects the Mets to close on a purchase like Friday, the type of expansion ($ 300 million over 10 years? COVID economy is hard to calculate) that leaves Lindor from free agency Will keep out. .
The fitting roster at Lindor for the Yankees represents a game of Jenga: if they acquire Lindor and his 2021 salary, that means there is no DJ Lemahiu, his intention to cut payroll. And to get Lindor, they would likely have to have either Glibber Torres or Luke Voyt as the primary piece. Can Yanix replace Voight in the first place with Miguel Andujar, who has only achieved this position in spring training? Can they find a way to trade Giancarlo Stanton, as Joel Sherman suggested, in a way that would open up the payroll space for LeMahoe? A Yankees expansion to Lindor would also complicate his luxury-tax concerns; They can sign him to a one-year contract for 2021 for $ 20 million, then give him an extension starting in 2022 to put the 2022 bill down.
Lindor would be worth the Yankees in a way whereas JT Realmuto and Trevor Bauer would not be because of his age and market; The Mets will most likely be on Realmuto and perhaps Bauer. For all the chatter about the Mets trying to steal LeMahieu from the Yankees, he doesn’t fit them in the situation, and calls me crazy, but I don’t think LeMahieu would revel in switching New York sides, neither How much fun I had after that in Pinstrap. This brings to mind Andy Petitté’s refusal to leave the Yanks for the Red Sox in the 2003–04 offseason.
Nah, the most sensible opening Cohen-Steinbrenner vault-opening challenge is Lindor, who could certainly be traded to any major league team. Will it happen? I doubt it because of the Yankees’ budget. Yet in this offseason, do not dismiss industrialism, flexibility or unpredictability. When you can expect Lindor to trade, all teams should be on him, with the New York Twins powers (weird, right?) In front of the line.