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Mets Should Not Trade Jeff McNeil For Francisco Lindor

The Mets have been linked to Francisco Lindor leading to various outlets comprising trade proposals. One such proposal from MLB Network has Jeff McNeil headlining a trade for Lindor.

Simply put, it makes zero sense for the Mets to trade Jeff McNeil even in a deal for a Lindor.

The need for Lindor is obvious, and the Mets would match-up very well with the Cleveland Indians. One reason why is the Mets have logjams at different positions with cost controlled players. Those players could fulfill a reciprocal need for the Indians.

At first base, the Mets have Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith. Both would be a replacement and upgrade over the free agent Carlos Santana.

At shortstop, the Mets have Andres Gimenez, Luis Guillorme, and Amed Rosario. Any one of these three could be a short to long term replacement for Lindor.

At catcher, the Mets have defensive specialists in Tomas Nido and Ali Sanchez. That would at least seem to be of interest to an Indians team who puts a priority on catcher defense and framing. Notably, Roberto Perez will be a free agent after this year, and Austin Hedges will be one the ensuing season.

With the caveat of not knowing how the Indians value these players, or whether they’d take J.D. Davis off the Mets hands, it would seem mixing and matching from these groups could largely get a deal done.

Honestly, this is trading at its best. The Mets have a surplus of quality Major Leaguers at different positions. Those players would fulfill very specific needs the Indians have. This is why the Mets and Indians match up so well.

Of course, this assumes this isn’t an Indians fire-sale. Considering the Indians aren’t looking to trade Jose Ramirez, even with his being a free agent after the 2021 season, this appears to be a very safe assumption. That assumption would be bolstered by a presumed pursuit of McNeil.

The reasons why the Indians would want McNeil are obvious. He’s as versatile a player as there is in the game. He plays well defensively at second and both corner outfield spots. With work on his throws, he could be a very good third baseman.

In addition to his defense and versatility, he’s a good hitter. Since his MLB debut, McNeil has a 139 OPS+. Over the past three years, that ranks him as the 13th best hitter in all of baseball.

If the Mets are going to be bold and add players like Lindor, they need McNeil. They need his versatility, defense, and bat. Moreover, any deals the Mets make need to clear surplus and not detract from other areas.

In the end, the Mets have more than enough pieces to make a very good trade for both teams without including McNeil. With that being the case, there is absolutely no reason for the Mets to include McNeil in a trade for Lindor.

10 thoughts on “Mets Should Not Trade Jeff McNeil For Francisco Lindor”

  1. Mike.BTB says:

    Yeah, that’s a nonstarter; idea is to add to the nucleus, not swap parts.

  2. Oldbackstop says:

    Its one year of Lindor at the deepest spot in our org. We shouldn’t be wasting our time on him. I wouldn’t trade McNeil or JD or Dom or Alonso for him. The shortstops, sure, why not. Pick two of them and throw in Matz.

    Throw a pitcher in and we can talk.

    1. Mets Daddy says:

      They said the same about Mookie Betts

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        They who? I’m not willing to trade young talent for some guy we can get in 162 games for free.

        1. Mets Daddy says:

          Again, Mookie Betts.

          1. Oldbackstop says:

            You are, I’m guessing, saying that since the Dodgers were able to sign Mookie, the Mets will be able to sign Lindor. That is your point? That it happened once?

          2. Mets Daddy says:

            Again, Mookie Betts

          3. Oldbackstop says:

            Very good boy. You noticed that Mookie signed after being traded. This to you means throw away good young cheap talent because….one time, Mookie signed. Here is a lemon cookie and a pat on the head.

          4. Oldbackstop says:

            Anywayyyy……looks like McNeil will be starting at 2b and we are 20 mil in the black…

          5. Mets Daddy says:

            You must’ve missed Mookie Betts

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