Lindor and the Mets reached a one-year, $22.3 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Lindor was acquired by the Mets on Jan. 7, and he won't require an arbiter with his new club after agreeing to terms on a one-year deal Friday. With a deal in place for his final year of arbitration, the two sides will now presumably begin working on a long-term deal for the star shortstop. Lindor's marks were down during the abbreviated 2020 season, and he posted a career-worst .750 OPS with eight home runs and 27 RBI while appearing in all 60 games.
Lindor was traded from Cleveland to the Mets on Thursday along with Carlos Carrasco in exchange for Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Isaiah Greene and Josh Wolf, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Lindor has just one year remaining on his contract, but the Mets will be acquiring one of the best shortstops in baseball for at least that one year, though he is coming off a season in which he posted career worsts across his mediocre .258/.335/.415 slash line.
The Indians have informed several other clubs that they intend to trade Lindor prior to Opening Day, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Lindor is set to earn approximately $21 million this winter in his final year of arbitration, and the Indians are apparently eager to move him with the aims of cutting payroll for the upcoming season and getting back future assets in return for the star shortstop before he hits free agency next offseason. Though Lindor took a step back offensively in the 60-game 2020 campaign with a career-worst .750 OPS, his long track record of success at the dish coupled with the premium defense he offers should keep the Indians' asking price for the 26-year-old high. Expect a number of playoff-hopeful clubs to touch base with the Indians in trade discussions over the next few months.
Lindor went 0-for-2 with three walks, a run scored and a stolen base in a 4-3 win over the Pirates on Friday.
Mitch Keller struggled greatly with his command Friday and walked Lindor in each of his first three at-bats. The 26-year-old was able to score a run and was active on the basepaths with his sixth steal of the season. Lindor is having a down year in terms of his personal numbers at the plate but is still doing well overall as he's hitting .263/.341/.425 with eight home runs, 27 RBI and 30 runs scored in 58 games.
Lindor went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, a stolen base, a walk, four RBI and one run scored Tuesday against the Cubs.
Lindor single-handedly powered Cleveland's offense. He clubbed an RBI double in the third frame and followed that up with an RBI single two innings later. However, his biggest contribution came in the ninth inning, when he slugged a two-run home run to tie the contest. For the season, Lindor has maintained a .286/.346/.469 line with eight home runs, four steals, 24 RBI and 26 runs scored across 48 contests.
Lindor went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk during Tuesday's loss to the Royals.
The 26-year-old's two-run shot during the third inning gave Cleveland a 5-3 lead, though the bullpen was ultimately unable to hold off Kansas City. Lindor has a .287/.353/.473 slash line with seven homers, 10 doubles, 19 RBI and three stolen bases in 42 games.
Lindor went 2-for-3 with a double, walk and two runs scored in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Brewers.
Lindor started slowly this season, recording just 15 knocks in his first 65 at-bats. However, he has enjoyed a strong stretch since Aug. 11, going 30-for-93 (.323) with 10 extra-base hits over that span. In all, the shortstop is slashing a solid .280/.341/.453.
Lindor went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a double in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Royals.
Lindor's biggest hit of the game was his ninth-inning double, and he came around to score on Tyler Naquin's second homer of the game. Through 37 contests, Lindor is slashing .283/.335/.461 with six homers, 17 RBI, 19 runs scored and two stolen bases. He's hit safely in nine straight games, going 15-for-38 (.395) in that span to firmly shake off his slow start to 2020.
Lindor went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run Tuesday against the Royals.
Lindor took Matt Harvey deep in the first inning to notch his sixth homer of the campaign. The performance extended his hitting streak to eight games, four of which have been multi-hit efforts. Overall, Lindor has put together a .270/.325/.446 line with two stolen bases, 18 runs scored and 17 RBI across 160 plate appearances.
Lindor went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a stolen base in Friday's 14-2 win over the Cardinals.
Lindor singled, stole a base and scored on a Franmil Reyes homer in the first inning. In the second, Lindor reached on a double play and scored on Carlos Santana's long ball. Lindor's final run of the game came in the sixth inning when he doubled and came home on a Reyes single. The 26-year-old shortstop is up to five homers, 15 RBI, 17 runs scored and a stolen base through 32 contests.
Lindor went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a victory over Minnesota on Tuesday.
Lindor gave the team it would did not relinquish with a two-run shot to right field in the sixth inning. The blast was his fifth of the season and his first homer and RBI since Aug. 16. Lindor is slashing .254/.316/.426 on the season.
Lindor went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored Saturday in the Indians' 6-1 win over the Tigers.
After a slow start at the dish to begin the season, Lindor is rounding into peak form offensively. Over his last 10 games, Lindor is slashing .302/.362/.442 with a home run, three doubles, seven runs and four RBI. He'll start at shortstop and will bat third in Sunday's series finale.
Lindor went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run, two doubles, three RBI and one run scored in Sunday's 8-5 win over the Tigers.
Lindor entered Sunday's tilt with just seven hits in his last 41 at-bats, but the shortstop broke out in a big way in the series finale. After taking Michael Fulmer deep in the third inning, Lindor was able to add to his day with a run-scoring double in the seventh. Lindor is still slashing a pedestrian .233/.281/.422, but he will look to build off his big day when the Indians open a series with the Pirates on Tuesday.
Lindor went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Reds. He was also caught stealing.
Since getting off to a 2-for-14 start, Lindor has gone 9-for-30 with three home runs. He's still looking for his first stolen base -- Monday's attempt was his first -- and Cleveland is not running a lot as a team early on. That said, it would still be a surprise if Lindor didn't end up with a handful of steals by the end of the campaign.
Lindor went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's victory over Minnesota.
Lindor accounted for the only runs of the game with a two-run blast in the third inning. The homer was Lindor's second of the season and fourth extra-base hit across 29 at-bats. He is batting only .207 (6-for-29) on the campaign, though he has driven in six runs in seven contests.
Lindor went 3-for-8 with a home run, a double, three runs scored and three RBI as Cleveland swept the White Sox in Tuesday's doubleheader.
The All-Star shortstop entered Tuesday's action 2-for-14 with one extra-base hit and five strikeouts through three games, so his performance in the the twin bill was a welcome sight. Lindor will look to build on that effort in Wednesday's series finale.
Manager Terry Francona said Sunday that he thinks Lindor will hit third, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Lindor batted almost exclusively from the leadoff spot last season, but he could improve his RBI potential if he indeed gets slotted into the third spot in the lineup. Francona said that Cesar Hernandez is a likely candidate to replace Lindor as the leadoff hitter. Lindor slashed .284/.335/.518 with 32 home runs and 74 RBI for Cleveland last season.
Lindor went 12-for-30 (.400 average) with three home runs and 10 RBI across 10 Cactus League games before the MLB suspended its season.
After his name cropped up in trade rumors all winter, Lindor elected to break off talks with the Indians about a possible contract extension during spring training. The uncertainty about his future in Cleveland clearly didn't impact Lindor on the field, as he immediately caught fire at the plate during the spring and played his usual stellar defense at shortstop. A trade may still be in the cards if Cleveland's season heads south quickly, but Lindor's fantasy value shouldn't change much for better or worse if he ends up moving elsewhere.
Lindor suspended extension talks with Cleveland on Monday, Jason Lloyd of The Athletic reports.
The star shortstop could still sign a deal with the Indians following the season, as he still has two more years left on his contract, but for now he'll focus on his performance on the field. The lack of an extension seemingly increases the prospects of Lindor getting traded, though it's hard to say how a hypothetical trade would affect Lindor's fantasy value, as he currently plays in a middle-of-the-road lineup in a park that plays pretty close to neutral.
Lindor and manager Terry Francona might have a discussion this spring about possibly moving Lindor out of the leadoff spot, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.
Francona cautioned that nothing was imminent about a batting order change. "I'm not trying to move him out of that spot," said Francona. "I want to be open to what could be our best lineup. I don't think anybody knows that until you have a better idea of what your team is going to look like." If Lindor were to move down to second or third in the order, he would have more RBI opportunities, perhaps at the expense of fewer plate appearances along with fewer chances to run.
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