SS - NYM
Francisco Lindor and the Mets avoid arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $22.3 million deal.
Lindor was traded from Cleveland to the Mets during the offseason. His arbitration settlement of $22.3 million is the fourth largest in MLB history. With the move to New York, Lindor will have an excellent supporting cast around him and he should once again be a fantasy superstar in 2021.
Jeff Passan of ESPN reports the rumored trade of Francisco Lindor going to the Mets is being finalized and will happen.
Here it is, Mets fans. Additionally, New York will be receiving ace RHP Carlos Carrasco. So far we know that the Indians will be getting SS Andres Gimenez, RHP Josh Wolf, and OF Isaiah Greene. As for Lindor's fantasy value, he was going to be a stud in 2021 either way. Landing in a better offensive environment on a better team could be spun as a positive for him, however.
Jeff Passan of ESPN reports the Mets are reportedly "deep into talks" to acquire Indians star SS Francisco Lindor.
Check back shortly for the fantasy impact.
MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports the Red Sox won't prioritize trading for Indians SS Francisco Lindor.
Lindor has a strong relationship with manager Alex Cora, which is why there was some speculation that Boston could be interested. However, they already have Xander Bogaerts locked-in at shortstop and Rafael Devers playing third base. Morosi adds that the Red Sox will prioritize signing pitching over the offseason. Meanwhile, Lindor is expected to be dealt at some point this winter.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Indians intend to trade SS Francisco Lindor by Opening Day.
This has to hurt Cleveland fans. Nightengale adds that the Indians are strapped for money and that Lindor is projected to earn $21 million in his final season of salary arbitration. This creates a massive buying opportunity for any team willing to take on his one-year contract and possibly extend the star shortstop. Players of Lindor's caliber just aren't that readily available these days. A comparison for a Lindor trade could be the Mookie Betts deal from earlier this year, which netted the Red Sox Alex Verdugo and two prospects. One would figure that it is mostly going to be the big market teams showing interest in Lindor this offseason.