With the New York Mets set to be sold to an ownership group expected to be more willing to spend big money, Lindor is a perfect fit to become the star player New York can build around.
For the Indians, the Mets are a franchise that has assets that would fit their future needs. If Lindor were to be sent to the Mets, acquiring Andres Gimenez would be a must for Cleveland.
The 21-year-old shortstop is the Mets’ third-ranked prospect who has gotten his first taste in the big leagues’ this season where he is slashing .268/.305/.357 with two RBI’s.
In 2019, Gimenez slashed .250/.309/.387 with nine home runs and 37 RBI’s in Double-A.
Another name to ask for would be left-handed pitcher David Peterson. The former top prospect has been outstanding in four starts for the Mets this season, posting a 2.91 ERA, 3-1 record and is holding opposing hitters to a .250 average on balls put in play.
Given the now questionable status of Zach Plesac and Mike Clevinger with the organization going forward, Peterson would be the perfect arm to provide security in case the team were to make a drastic move and move on from one of the two starters.
Finally, third base prospect Mark Vientos is a name the Indians should ask for to finish the package. Vientos is the Mets eighth-ranked prospect and a former second-round pick who slashed .255/.300/.411 with 12 home runs, 27 doubles and 62 RBI’s in A-ball last season.
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This deal would give the Indians two potential Lindor replacements and an arm to join Shane Bieber as a staple in the rotation for several years to come.