The Indians clearly won the Francisco Lindor trade with the Mets.
If you’re a Mets fan, you’re probably not having a good time right now. Your franchise gave up a lot of pieces to get former Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor. Many thought Lindor was one of, if not the best shortstop in the MLB. That proved to be not the case, partly to his play. Lindor was once well known for is his “love” of fans, his big smile, and his even bigger swing. A player with consistency and power.
Over time, however, gone was that dynamic swing and his ability to hit for a high average. His batting average has fallen in just about all of his seasons in the Majors. In his attempt to hit more home runs, his consistency has fallen off the cliff. He is down nearly 100 points from his rookie season and 61 points from his career average.
If that’s not bad enough, there’s no reason to believe he’s going to turn things around, mostly because he’s had five years of steady decline and now he’s locked into a 10-year contract, which doesn’t take effect until 2022. So technically the Mets have 11 total years of this.
Francisco Lindor was more hype than production
It’s hard to say that Lindor was worth his contract. Actually, it’s really not hard; he wasn’t. He’s just a career. 263 post-season hitter, and in two of his last three post-season appearances, Lindor hit below .200.
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Now, in a new city with new fans, Lindor decided to ruin whatever fan support he had left with his antics of booing the people who pay to see him. Not only is his play declining across his career, but now he’s making it an active challenge to root for him. After all, he’s proven to be far from worth $34 million a year.
Lindor may rebound as his career continues but he has already proven that he doesn’t take the game seriously. He fell asleep during the World Series, he doesn’t work out enough to last in a 60 game season, let alone 162 and he’s now proven to be easily rattled by his new fanbase.
A new fanbase he’s not going to be getting away from anytime soon.
With his poor play, his attitude issues, and his inability to properly train for a season, Indians fans should be relieved he’s now someone else’s $34 million a year problem.