Mets: Francisco Lindor willing to lose games if that means players get a fair deal

New York Mets’ star Francisco Lindor is very much involved in the talks between MLB and the Players Association for a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Negotiations, so far, have been rough, with owners refusing to concede even the slightest piece of the pie in favor of the union.

The Mets’ shortstop, who signed a 10-year, $341 million contract just before the start of last season, expressed his feelings about the current CBA dispute, one that resulted in owners locking players out on December 2.

If there isn’t a new agreement soon, there is a high chance spring training is pushed back and the start of the season is delayed. If games are indeed lost, that means players will lose money: if they don’t play, they don’t get paid.

The Mets’ star is ready to defend the players’ rights

It’s certainly a problematic situation for players, but Lindor is prepared to fight for their rights until the last consequences. He spoke with Andy Martino of SNY, just after the owners’ meeting on Thursday.

“At the end of the day, we just want a good deal,” he told SNY. “If that’s what it comes down to… (missing games) We don’t want to do it. We want to play the full season. But if that’s what it comes down to… We continue to come to the table and bring good things, so we’re ready.”

It’s clear that losing games payments is not the same for Lindor, an accomplished veteran who has made millions in his career, than to a rookie that made the prorated amount of $570,000 last year, but the Mets’ star recognizes that sometimes, good things involve great sacrifices.

“The players are very aware of everything that’s happening,” Lindor said. “They’re very educated. Everybody’s together.”

Commissioner Rob Manfred said that he is hopeful games aren’t lost. “I see missing games as a disastrous outcome for this industry,” he stated, saying that a deal is “always one breakthrough away.”

Mets: Details of the ‘rat-raccoon’ May altercation between Lindor and McNeil emerge

During early May, the New York Mets made the news for an apparent altercation between Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil in the tunnel that connects the clubhouse with the dugout. The incident got famous when the players involved told the media that they were arguing about whether they just saw a rat or a raccoon.

“It was funny, ’cause I told [McNeil], ‘Hey, I’ve never seen a New York rat,’ ” Lindor said back then. “So we went down sprinting, about to go see a New York rat, and he got mad at me. He’s like, ‘No, it’s not a New York rat, it’s a raccoon.’ I’m like, ‘Hell no! It’s a damn rat.’ Crazy, because we were going back and forth debating if it was a rat or a raccoon. Crazy, man.”

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, we now know what was behind the scuffle. Obviously, it wasn’t a rat or a raccoon.

Puma explained: “The shortstop (Lindor), frustrated by the second baseman’s (McNeil) latest positioning gaffe and their ensuing argument, according to a club source, grabbed McNeil by the throat and pinned him against a wall in the tunnel. Before the situation could escalate, Mets players hearing the commotion arrived to break it up.”

The Mets’ infielders fought over positioning

At that time, Mets’ manager Luis Rojas said he didn’t quite get to the site in time to know what happened first-hand, but that the issue was buried.

“The one thing I ran into was Francisco saying, ‘Let’s go play ball. Let’s go play ball,’ ” Rojas said.

Apparently, the Mets’ $341 million man was very upset at McNeil for his poor positioning, and it was a recurrent issue.

“[Lindor] would always try to get him to move and Jeff would be like, ‘Shut up, I got it,’ ” a source said. “It was building and building.”

So, as you probably figured by now, it wasn’t about a rat or a raccoon.

Mets: Francisco Lindor is a finalist for the Gold Glove award

The Gold Glove award recognizes defensive excellence in Major League Baseball. The finalists for the prestigious prize were revealed on Thursday, and not surprisingly, a member of the New York Mets will have the chance to add another one to his growing collection: Francisco Lindor.

He didn’t quite have his best season with the bat in his first year with the Mets, but Lindor was every bit as advertised with the leather, and actually performed as expected. He won two Gold Gloves in his time with the Cleveland Indians, but is looking to add more to his extensive resume.

Lindor will compete with two strong shortstops for the honor: San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Crawford (a multiple-time winner) and Pittsburgh Pirates’ Kevin Newman.

The Mets’ star has some tough rivals

Here is what the league’s official site had to say about the Mets’ shortstop and his rivals for the prize:

“After winning two Gold Glove Awards in the AL during his time with Cleveland, Lindor is now eyeing his first NL win. Crawford is a three-time NL Gold Glover, although he hasn’t won since 2017. Lindor led all NL shortstops and ranked second among all players with 20 OAA in 2021, while Crawford had 15 OAA. Newman had 3 OAA, but in terms of DRS, he actually edged out his more accomplished counterparts, recording 9 DRS to 6 for Crawford and 4 for Lindor.”

Crawford’s reputation and his strong defensive season will make him a tough rival for the Mets’ star to beat, but Lindor could end up with award anyway.

This was Lindor’s first season in New York after landing there via trade from the Indians, alongside pitcher Carlos Carrasco. Before Opening Day, he signed a 10-year, $341 million contract extension to stay with the Mets for a very long time.

Lindor is one of the most complete players in baseball, and his defense is actually better than his offense at the moment.

Francisco Lindor believes Mets can re-sign Javier Baez this offseason

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The 73-79 New York Mets are essentially out of the playoffs race at this point, which is a shame considering they led the NL East division for much of the first half and actually a sizable portion of the second. That’s not, however, Javier Baez’s fault.

While he wasn’t perhaps the best fit for the Mets, they acquired Baez in a deadline deal with the Chicago Cubs. His tenure in New York didn’t start particularly well, and there was a spat with fans over the constant booing towards players at one point, but there is no denying that the dynamic shortstop has made a positive impact in Queens.

In 39 games and 147 plate appearances, Baez is hitting .307/.383/.555 with a .938 OPS with the Mets. He also has nine homers and five stolen bases over that span, with 19 RBI and 29 runs scored.

The Mets could be able to afford Baez, according to Lindor

Seeing how he can produce in the Big Apple, Mets’ superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor, who is friends with Baez, believes that the team can re-sign his fellow countryman in the offseason to a long-term deal.

“I know Javy does fit in, in what we’re trying to accomplish here. He’s a winner, he’s plays the game as hard as he can day in and day out. He gives it his best, and he’s my boy too. That helps. At the end of the day, I know what he’s capable of doing, we’ve all seen it. His approach has been outstanding, and he’s definitely helped us win a couple more games in September for sure,” Lindor told SNY on Wednesday.

Baez has been on a tear since returning from the injured list on August 22, hitting .343 (34-for-99) with 23 runs, seven doubles, seven dingers, 15 RBI, nine walks, a .420 OBP, a .626 SLG and a 1.046 OPS.

Media members asked Lindor if he thought Mets’ owner Steve Cohen could afford pairing the two infielders together for the long term.

“Yeah, yeah, of course, of course,” Lindor said, smiling.

It’s believed that Baez could command between $125 million and $200 million in free agency.

Mets: The real Francisco Lindor is showing up, and he is taking over games

During Sunday’s game against the New York Mets and the Yankees, we saw a rivalry, a spark that had been missing for a few years between the crosstown rivals. The Subway Series is a thing again, and the Mets took this weekend’s edition two games to one thanks, in large part, to the $341 million man: Francisco Lindor.

The Mets traded for him during the offseason and proceeded to extend him to a record-breaking 10-year, $341 million deal the day before the regular season started. He started slowly, and by May, he was getting booed because of his poor performance.

As he hit three home runs into the New York night on Sunday, the last one to provide the winning run in the 7-6 affair, we got confirmation that the Mets are finally enjoying the benefits of their huge investment.

“This is the Francisco we all expect,” manager Luis Rojas said. “This is the Francisco that Mets fans are going to get for years.”

“I don’t think Mets fans forget things,” Lindor added, “but it definitely probably helped them to start to believe in me a little bit more.”

An early-season spat with teammate Jeff McNeil over rats and raccoons, a forgettable slump, an untimely oblique injury, and a little conflict with fans over booing had marked Lindor’s first season with the Mets. But his performance is finally doing most of the talking.

The Mets are finally reaping the benefits of their investment

Lindor has been back to his former self for a while, but Sunday’s three home runs certainly didn’t hurt his numbers.

The Mets’ shortstop has a .857 OPS since May 29 (.260/.346/.511, 14 home runs, and a 133 wRC+ in 257 PA.) Per Mets’ blogger Tim Ryder, it equates to a 38-homer pace over a full season with an OPS .003 higher than his career-best .854 in 2019.

Rojas said to MLB.com on Sunday that it was “probably his best game of the year,” while Lindor’s longtime teammate in Cleveland, Carlos Carrasco, went even further and stated that it was one of the best games of his career.

“I’ve been booed for a very long time, so it felt good,” Lindor said. “How long I’ve been waiting for that? I don’t know. Every night when we’ve been down by one in the ninth, and I’m supposed to tie it or win the game for the team. Yeah, we all want that moment, because we do it for the fans and we do it for the organization.”

New York Yankees Recap: Francisco Lindor homers three times in Mets win over the Yankees

Last night at Citi Field the Queens, New York, the New York Yankees met up with the New York Mets in the rubber game of a three-game set. The Yankees took a bashing in game one 10-3, but the Yankees bounced back in game two with an 8-7 win, but taking the series was not meant to be; the Yankees lost last night 7-6.

With no one to start last night’s game, the Yankees called up Clarke Schmidt to start the game. Schmidt, not being fully stretched out after a season-long injury. He gave the Yankees more than they could have hoped for; he threw 90 pitches into the fifth inning, giving up two earned runs. But he was victimized by errors causing him to give up 5 runs.

The game started well for the Yankees, who scored 2 runs in the first inning. After DJ LeMahieu doubled to start the game, Giancarlo Stanton hit one that bounced off the centerfield wall scoring LeMahieu. Then, with Anthony Rizzo already on base Joey Gallo got a sac fly scoring Rizzo. Mets got one back in the bottom of the frame.

The Yankees were scoreless in the second. In the bottom, Francisco Lindor hit a long three-run homer to center for his first homer of the night. With the game remaining at 4-2, Mets in the fifth inning. The Mets picked up another run, but that’s when things got really interesting.

The New York Yankees got back into the game in the sixth when Gleyber Torres hit a two-run homer. Sanchez walked. Urshela stuck out. Luke Voit came in pinch-hitting and struck out swinging. At the bottom, Villar faced new pitcher Wandy Peralta and flew out to third. Lindor homered for his second home run of the game. Conforto lined out. Alonso lined out to Stanton in left. Mets 6 Yankees 4.

The seventh inning was led off by LeMahieu, who singled to right-center. Rizzo faced new pitcher Brad Hand and ground out, but LeMahieu went to second. Gardner struck out. Stanton hit a long ball into the second deck of the left-field stands tying up the game. The game was halted as it appeared Lindor had something to say to Stanton as he rounded the bases and both dugouts emptied. Things cooled off, and Gallo struck out swinging, but the Yankees tied it up at 6. At the bottom, McNeil struck out. Pillar flew out to Gallo in right. McCann walked, Dominic Smith, pinch-hitting struck out swinging. New York Yankees 6 Mets 6.

The eighth inning was led off by Gleyber Torres, who struck out on a foul tip. Sanchez struck out looking. Urshela flew out to the warning track in right. At the bottom, Villar against Chad Green popped out to short. Lindor hit his third homer of the game to give the Mets again the lead. Conforto out on strikes. Alonso popped out to the infield with Rizzo crashing to the ground. Mets 7 Yankees 6.

Rougie Odor led off for the Yankees in the top of the ninth and struck out swinging. LeMahieu singled to center. Tyler Wade was pinch-running for LeMahieu. Rizzo walked. Gardner struck out. Stanton, with two on and two outs and the game on the line, a pitch got away, moving the runners up. Stanton popped out to left to end the game. The final score was the New York Mets 7 and the Yankees 6. The winning pitcher was Seth Lugo, and the loser was Chad Green, with the save going to Edwin Diaz.

Francisco Lindor had his first three-homer game driving in 5 of the Mets runs.

 

The Mets are a mess: Players and fans go to silent war over constant booing and poor results

The New York Mets keep making headlines for the wrong reasons. During Sunday’s victory against the Philadelphia Phillies, Francisco Lindor, Javier Baez, and Kevin Pillar used a thumbs down celebration every time they made a good play.

Most people thought, at first, that it was a joke, like the 2017 Yankees. But after the game, Baez talked to the media and made a baffling revelation: “[It’s] to let [fans] know when we don’t have success we are going to get booed, so they are going to get booed when we have success.”

Even if it’s understandable that players are frustrated by the lack of results and by hearing constant boos from their own fans, it’s certainly surprising that they decided to start a silent war with Mets’ fans. It’s not an ideal situation, especially for Lindor, who will be in New York for at least 10 more years unless he is traded.

The Mets are 8-19 in August and relinquished the first place of the NL East division, one that they held for months, a few weeks ago. They are currently in a very delicate situation, and making the playoffs is a pipe dream at this point.

The Mets released a controversial statement

Mets’ president Sandy Alderson released a statement on Sunday night condemning the thumbs down sign.

Here is his message:

“In a post-game press conference today, Javy Baez stated that his “thumbs down” gesture during the game was a message to fans who recently have booed him and other players for poor performance. These comments, and any gestures by him or other players with a similar intent, are totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

“Mets fans are understandably frustrated over the team’s recent performance. The players and the organization are equally frustrated, but fans at Citi Field have every right to express their own disappointment. Booing is every fan’s right.

“The Mets will not tolerate any player gesture that is unprofessional in its meaning or is directed in a negative way toward our fans. I will be meeting with our players and staff to convey this message directly.

“Mets fans are loyal, passionate, knowledgeable and more than willing to express themselves. We love them for every one of these qualities.”

Tensions are boiling in New York.

FOCO Releasing Francisco Lindor Mets Black Jersey Bobblehead

The New York Mets have another black jersey Friday night coming up, and FOCO has something for fans to take part in the new tradition. Francisco Lindor joins Pete Alonso and Jacob deGrom as the latest Met to get his own Black Jersey Bobblehead.

Only 321 pieces of the terrific bobblehead are available, and it goes for $60 on the FOCO website. Lindor is on the spinning base as he dons the black uniform with his trademark, sparkling smile. To go along with his uniqueness, he also has his highlights and is wearing black stirrups. Make sure to move quickly on the bobbleheads before they sell out!

Mets: Lindor performing baseball activities, still unsure about return date

The sliding New York Mets sure could use their best position player, Francisco Lindor, back in the lineup as soon as possible. He has been out for a few weeks now since suffering a grade 2 oblique strain, an injury that needs to heal properly, otherwise the player can easily re-aggravate it.

The superstar shortstop talked with the media on Saturday, a day after the Mets lost the first place in the NL East by virtue of losing Friday’s game against the Phillies. New York had held on the top spot for 90 days.

In his conversation with reporters, he said he is currently feeling good and “can’t complain”, but he added that he didn’t have enough information about his potential return date given the complexity of the injury.

Mets’ general manager Zack Scott has previously stated that a mid-to-late August return could be realistic.

“I ain’t gonna give you guys much,” Lindor said, addressing reporters, according to SNY. “I don’t know, I really don’t know. I’m sorry, I really don’t know.”

The Mets’ shortstop is progressing slowly

The Mets’ star infielder, signed to a 10-year, $341 million extension the day before the season started, has taken some dry swings and some swings off a tee, and he was also spotted doing some running before the game.

“It sucks. I wanna be there, I wanna help them out,” he said, speaking about his teammates. “We’re not getting the results we wanna get. I would love to be with them. I would love to struggle with them.”

Mets manager Luis Rojas added that Lindor is taking ground balls and playing catch, and testing his oblique in “live action.”

He also said, however, that the shortstop is still considered week-to-week, so a late August return seems more realistic at this point. Next for him would be taking batting practice.

It looks like the Mets’ infielder will be out for at least a couple more weeks.

Mets: Javier Baez ‘would like to play with Francisco Lindor’

Chicago Cubs’ shortstop Javier Baez is a free agent at the end of the season, so there is a non-zero chance he gets traded before Friday’s deadline if the Cubs want to get something in return rather than losing him for nothing. But it appears he is eager to test the market, and he would definitely consider playing for the New York Mets according to his recent comments.

“If I go to the free agency, I would like to play with Francisco Lindor,” Baez said during an interview with Mega 106.9 FM (link to SNY article here). “I loved playing with him in the World (Baseball) Classic. It is the only option I would take to play second base if it is to play with him, otherwise I stay playing at shortstop.”

Baez is a fantastic defensive shortstop who has already won a Gold Glove last year. He was also worth 31 DRS (defensive runs saved) at the position in 2019. He could have a strong market at short, so the fact that he would sacrifice his preferred spot on the diamond to play with his friend is noteworthy. The Mets have some infield depth, but are surely taking notice of his comments.

What will the Mets do at the deadline?

The Mets remain focused on bringing an additional arm to their roster before Friday’s deadline, but they are also reportedly interested in Kris Bryant. Could they take the discount and pay a little more to get Baez too? It seems unlikely, as they haven’t been connected to Baez, but anything can happen.

Whether he is acquired by the Mets via trade or signed as a free agent after the season (a much more likely scenario), having a double play combo of Lindor and Baez would be really something, as both men are elite with the glove.

The Mets would have to find new positions for Jeff McNeil and/or JD Davis, plus they have several infield prospects, most notably Ronny Mauricio, Brett Baty, and Mark Vientos, knocking on the door.

Baez is batting .245/.289/.483 with 22 homers in 90 games for the Cubs this campaign.