Mets: Francisco Lindor already showing his leadership skills

New York Yankees, Francisco Lindor

With the Cleveland Indians, shortstop Francisco Lindor was one of the clubhouse leaders, with everything that implied: trying to get the best out of his teammates, injecting them with the same energy level he has, and pulling together for one common objective. In his first few weeks with the New York Mets, the All-Star infielder hasn’t changed.

According to Mets’ manager Luis Rojas, Lindor came into the clubhouse on Monday morning all amped up about the team’s first spring training game. He loves baseball and wants everyone around him to just enjoy the game.

“[Everyone] was laughing, and somebody said, ‘Yeah, let’s go!’” Lindor said per MLB.com. “Usually it’s early, 7:30 in the morning, Spring Training, not everybody’s hyped up. It was good.”

During the Mets’ 2-0 loss against the Miami Marlins, Lindor went 0-for-2, but even though he couldn’t get anything going in his first game with his new team, his impact has already been felt.

“The abilities, you expect what we’ve seen,” Rojas said. “But now his leadership skills, it’s been more than I expected, because he’s done it so early. … His outgoingness, that’s the thing that’s really impressed me the most. He’s done it in the best way you can imagine.”

His Mets’ teammates already love him

So far, the new Mets’ shortstop has been an outgoing figure un the clubhouse. He has blue hair, has rocked a vintage Mets’ jacket, has showed enormous amounts of energy, and has hyped his teammates in the process.

But there is more to that than just flair. Every day since camp started, he has been getting his work on the field very early, even mentoring JD Davis, who is supposed to play to his right at third base, on how to play good defense.

“You feed off of it right away,” Davis said. “Knowing that caliber of player, that type of player is wanting to get better, and is so focused on the details, it’s like, ‘Why aren’t you doing it?’ It comes with a little bit of a humble pie in that you should be getting extra work in, you should be working on this, you should be working on that.”

New York Mets: When Will Francisco Lindor Get His Extension

New York Yankees, Francisco Lindor

General Manager Zack Scott said “the sooner, the better” to start negotiations for a Francisco Lindor extension, and most New York Mets fans feel the same way. Lindor is a once-in-a-generation talent the Mets have missed since David Wright was in his prime. Will Lindor get the contract extension Wright received to ensure he remains in Queens for a long time?

It was hard to miss the vibrant Lindor when he arrived at camp with his light green hair and matching glove. Lindor said he is happy to be with the Mets but wants to get a better feel before committing to them for what could be the rest of his career.

“I obviously have to get to know the organization, get to know the people, and they have to get to know me,” Lindor said during his press conference on Monday. Lindor was happy for his shortstop counterpart Fernando Tatis Jr. after he agreed to a 14-year/$330 million deal. Tatis (22) is five years younger than Lindor (27), but the AAV is a number the newly acquired Met could shoot for in an extension.

Keep Him Around

The Mets gave up too much for Lindor to become a one-year rental. Both sides talked about getting to know each other better like they were on The Bachelor together. For both of them, this is a match made in heaven. Lindor gets to play in a thriving market with an owner who will spend money to win. The Mets get a face of the franchise and one of the best people to have in the locker room.

Michael Conforto is the other Met who would like to have an extension before Opening Day. The Mets hope to keep both off the free-agent market, but it is easier said than done. Until something is settled on going forward, a contract extension will be the multi-million dollar question.

New York Mets:FOCO’s Carlos Carrasco and Francisco Lindor Bobblehead

FOCO is releasing brand new bobbleheads for New York Mets’ new acquisitions Carlos Carrasco and Francisco Lindor. The bobblehead brings together the unique qualities that make each player a fan favorite.

Carrasco’s bobblehead features his “cookie” nickname replacing the iconic apple at Citi Field. He has been one of baseball’s most consistent starters with a career ERA of 3.71 over his 11-year career. Carrasco also had an inspiring comeback from leukemia during the 2019 season.

Lindor’s bobblehead has a sign directing him to his new home in Queens. He has been one of the best shortstops in baseball since his debut. Lindor is a 4-time All-Star, 2-time Silver Slugger/Gold Glove winner, and a platinum glove winner. Mets fans are already excited to see his trademark smile light up Citi Field for years to come.

New York Mets: Baseball (Supposedly) Returns This Month

Even though a nor’easter is sweeping through the tri-state area, the New York Mets hope to play baseball this month. Luckily for the Mets, they will be in the warm, COVID-19 filled, sunshine state of Florida. With plenty of dirty laundry surrounding the Mets at the moment, here are some things to look forward to this month.

Pitchers and catchers officially report to Port St. Lucie on February 17, and position players join them on February 22. Five days later, the Mets open up their 31 game spring training schedule against the Miami Marlins.

Thor’s Return

Even though he is unlikely to pitch in a Spring Training game, Noah Syndergaard‘s, likely shirtless, presence in camp will be a welcomed sight. Syndergaard is on pace to be ahead of schedule to return from Tommy John surgery, and we will see how much progress he has made.

Carlos Carrasco and Francisco Lindor are amongst the newcomers joining the 2021 roster. The big trade with the Cleveland Indians brought them the starting pitcher and shortstop they were looking for. The big question remains whether their former Indian teammate, Trevor Bauer, because the most expensive newcomer for the Mets.

James McCann will get his first opportunity to work with and learn the Mets pitching staff. After two years of Wilson Ramos, the pitchers can breathe a sigh of relief with McCann behind the plate. McCann is known for his ability to call a game, understanding his pitchers’ tendencies. He also improved as a pitch framer to go along with his solid defense. The most interesting dynamic will be with Jacob deGrom as he tries to retake his Cy Young crown.

Off The Field Distractions

Between Jared Porter’s scandal and Steve Cohen’s deleted Twitter account, the Mets have been in the headlines for plenty of reasons. Let us not forget about Robinson Cano’s suspension, which goes forgotten after many January events. Those questions may not linger past the first week of camp, but the New York media will be ruthless. The off field issues are a non-factor or perpetrated by media figures with an agenda against the franchise.

Mets fans have a legitimate reason to be excited about the season for the first time in years. They have a new owner, a combination of retained and new talent, and they are the favorites to win a very competitive NL East. Along with all of this, the Mets could have more additions to rev up excitement, and maybe controversy, for the 2021 Steve Cohen owned Mets.

New York Mets: Passing On Springer Helps Team Bolster Their Future

New York Yankees, Marcus Stroman

The New York Mets missed out on their top center field target in George Springer but are still in a great spot. They avoided a risky long-term deal and gave themselves flexibility with the future of their young stars for 2022 and beyond.

A feeling of disappointment was the initial reaction to missing out on Springer, but the deal’s specifics soothed the pain. Combining Springer’s and Robinson Cano‘s AAV for the 2022 season and beyond would have made it extremely tough to lock up Michael Conforto and Francisco Lindor to long-term deals. It also makes re-signing Marcus Stroman and Noah Syndergaard a harder task.

Full-Time Center Fielder?

There is a good chance that Springer becomes a full-time corner outfielder before he is halfway through the contract. Springer has never played more than 80 games in center field and is slightly above average defensively. He would have been an immediate upgrade to center field defense, but Springer will likely fall off with the glove as the contract goes on. Putting Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field puts a bow on top of a brand new Mets defense.

Sustained success was one of Steve Cohen and Sandy Alderson’s biggest points of emphasis. Ensuring Lindor and Conforto remain in Queens for the rest of their career is the starting point of consistent winning seasons. Retaining pitchers like Stroman and Syndergaard are next, along with retaining their other young stars.

Mets: Lindor was all smiles during introductory conference, wants to ‘achieve the ultimate goal’

New York Yankees, Francisco Lindor

The New York Mets welcomed their new star shortstop on Monday, after they held an introductory press conference for Francisco Lindor. Last week, the Mets made a statement by trading four players – shortstops Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario plus two prospects – to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Lindor and Carlos Carrasco.

With the smile that has made him famous in his tenure as a big leaguer, Lindor said he is excited to be a part of the New York Mets.

“They say smiling is very contagious,” Lindor said, while donning a Mets cap. “I’m going to bring Francisco Lindor, I’m going to do me on a daily basis — hopefully that’s good enough for my teammates and the fans. … Why not smile? I’m living my dream. I’m living the life I always wanted. So I don’t see why I wouldn’t smile.”

Carrasco will be introduced on Tuesday at 1 pm ET.

Lindor is a proven star. At 27 years old, he already has four All-Star games under his belt, plus two Gold Gloves. From 2016 to 2019, he averaged 30 homers and 20 steals.

He’s “excited” to play for the Mets

“There’s been so much excitement about the Mets that I couldn’t help myself to be extremely excited [and] to be happy,” Lindor said. “It’s a new opportunity for me, my family — I’m blessed. I’m blessed to be able to play the greatest game out there in probably the biggest city in the world and one of the most fun cities in the world.”

Lindor’s impact will also be felt with the glove. He has 46 Defensive Runs Saved since entering the Majors in 2015.
“I’m ready to continue to work and ready to win,” Lindor said. “I’m excited to be part of this organization, and I can’t wait to be part of the great things they have going on in the clubhouse. I just want to be a little piece of the puzzle, and hopefully, we achieve the ultimate goal, which is winning.”

Naturally, Mets’ fans would love for Lindor to sign an extension, as he only has one year left of team control. Here is what he said about the subject: “Like I said, I’m excited to be with the Mets organization. I’m not against a long-term [extension], but it has to make sense for both sides. I’m sure my agent will do a great job and get me everything I desire, and we’ll see what happens. I’m extremely excited for this new chapter.”

The Mets, it appears, have a new face of the franchise.

New York Yankees Weekend News Roundup: All the news/rumors in one place

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

Yankees in danger of losing DJ LeMahieu

The New York Yankees have dragged their feet in signing DJ LeMahieu, their best player in the past two years. It’s now the middle of January in a very slow, to say the least, offseason for the Yankees where they have done little to enhance the team, and that includes bringing back DJ in pinstripes.

News around the Net and industry sources say that DJ is getting tired of waiting for the Yankees to meet his demands. Sources say that he made it known that he wants to stay in New York after originally talking with other teams. But with the stalemate, he is now re-engaging teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Mets, and the Toronto Blue Jays. With each passing day, the Yankees are coming closer to losing LeMahieu to one of those teams willing to meet his prime priority of future security.

Yankees bring back another familiar arm.

The Yankees seem intent on stocking their minor league system with pitchers that have pitched for the Yankees before. First Nestor Cortes Jr., then Adam Warren, and now they have signed to a minor league contract, Tyler Lyons. Lyons. This is a head-scratcher. Lyons pitched in one game for the Yankees during 2020. On September 23rd, he pitched 1.2 innings giving up four earned runs for an ERA of 21.60, in a 14-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

During the second half of the 2019 season, Lyons pitched 8.2 innings in 11 games with a 0-1 record and an ERA of 4.15. Of the three notable arms the Yankees could use in the bullpen, Lyons has been the least successful. Meanwhile, the New York Yankees still need a quality arm to replace Tommy Kahnle, who has gone with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The New York Yankees still need bullpen help.

The Yankees lost Tommy Kahnle last season when he required Tommy John surgery. The Yankees chose to assign him to the minor leagues, and Kahnle refused the move and chose free agency instead and was near immediately signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Behind closer Aroldis Chapman and Zack Britton, Kahnle was likely their third-best arm in the bullpen. That is a glaring hole in the bullpen, considering that Adam Ottavino has had two subpar seasons in a row.

The Yankees once had the best bullpen in the sport, but with these deficiencies, the bullpen is now in dire need of at least one premium upgrade. So far, all they have done is sign previous Yankees that have not done all that well at the Stadium. The Yankees need an arm with the quality of Liam Hendriks, Yates, or Hand. A previous target Ryan Stanek has gone to the Houston Astros. Because of cost, the Yankees will not likely sign Hendriks, but Brad Hand is a quality arm at a more economical price. Hand had a 2.05 ERA in 2020 with a strikeout rate approaching 12 per nine innings.

Padres/Mets still the teams to watch in 2021

While the New York Yankees have done nearly nothing to improve the team in 2021, the San Diego Padres have been the big movers and shakers along with New York Mets. The Padres made a big trade when they got Black Snell from The Tampa Bay Rays. They then negotiated a trade for another ace, Yu Darvish from the Cubs. But they weren’t done; they are now close to re-signing Fernando Tatis Jr. to a massive $300 million contract for the next 11 years.

Meanwhile, on the other side of New York in Queens, the New York Mets shook up the New York sports scene when they traded for the best shortstop in baseball in Franciso Lindor. Suppose that wasn’t one of the most notable trades of the offseason they also got Carlos Carrasco in the deal. Carrasco is a quality number two type pitcher that the Yankees certainly could have used. New Mets owner Steve Cohen has made it known that he wants to make the Mets the premier baseball team in New York City.

New York Yankees lose more chances to upgrade starting pitching

With each passing day, the Yankees need to upgrade their starting rotation remains the same. Earlier, they lost their best chance to upgrade the rotation with a one-year signing of Charlie Morton. Morton was available, but the Atlanta Braves scooped him up for just $15 million. The Yankees have also talked about re-signing Mashiro Tanaka, but his agent has been advised that they will not negotiate until they know if they can sign DJ LeMahieu.

Trevor Bauer is the best starting pitcher still available in free agency, but the Yankees are likely not in the picture to sign him as they want to stay under the luxury tas threshold. Mike Minor has already signed with the Kansas City Royals. That leaves Jake Odorizzi and Tanaka as the next best two arms the Yankees could use. Odorizzi had a great 2019 but an injury-riddled 2020. He made $17 million last year, but with his poor 2020, he will likely sign a contract of less value. The same is true of Tanaka; he made $23 million. The Yankees are not likely to offer him more than half of that and only for a year or two.

 

 

 

New York Yankees: Michael Kay finally loses it over Yankee offseason inaction

New York Yankees, Mets, Francisco Lindor

Michael Kay, known to the New York Yankees fans as the game caller for the New York Yankees, host of the Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio and the YES Network, has lost it when it comes to the Yankee’s inaction this offseason. The Mets trade for Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco finally caused Kay to criticize the Yankees. He seems equally as upset with LeMahieu as he is with the Yankees.

“Here’s the deal: I always felt a perfect Plan B if you didn’t sign DJ LeMahieu would be to pivot, get Francisco Lindor, move Gleyber Torres to second. Boom, you’ve improved your defense,” Kay said on his radio show, via NJ.com.

“I’ve always been very, very honest when people were saying, ‘Why aren’t they signing LeMahieu?’ I said, ‘Well, what’s the rush? The great (free agent) players are still out there. Trevor Bauer hasn’t signed. George Springer hasn’t signed. J.T. Realmuto hasn’t signed. And DJ hasn’t signed.’ Very slow-moving market. But if this slow-moving game of chicken that the Yankees and LeMahieu are playing with each other cost them the chance at Lindor, that’s a bad job.”

The Post’s Joel Sherman reported that the Yankees and LeMahieu were $25 million apart in contract negotiations in mid-December. The big sticking point is that the Yankees want three years for $75 million. Reportedly LeMahieu wants a five-year contract to protect his security through age 38, when he may retire. According to reports, the New York Yankees might be willing to go four years at $88 million, but it appears that at this point, LeMahieu won’t budge. Meanwhile, with glaring pitching needs, the Yankees sit on their hands, awaiting an outcome to the DJ deal.

“You can’t sit here until February and allow DJ LeMahieu to make a decision,” said Kay, who started his Thursday show an hour early to discuss the breaking Lindor news.

“And if you’re DJ LeMahieu, you can’t sit there and let the Yankees play their game. They both have to come together: ‘What’s your best offer for me right now?’ And if DJ’s agent said (to the Yankees), ‘The only way we’re going to get this done is five years’ when he knows he’ll take four … They have to come to a come-to-Jesus meeting and say exactly what the deal is because if all of this posturing cost you your plan B, not good.

“It’s at the point now where do it or get off the pot. ‘Are you going to sign with us or not? Are you going to make me an offer or not?’ Enough of the game.”

Michael Kay has to understand the Yankee fans and writers are just as frustrated by the stalemate as he is. The sad part of the whole situation is that the clock is ticking and many possible Yankee targets have already signed or been traded to other teams.

 

Yankees Rumors: Interesting Lindor news, DJ LeMehieu could be stolen away

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

The New York Yankees haven’t been as aggressive as usual this off-season, as the Mets have actually taken the thunder with a blockbuster deal on Thursday afternoon.

They finalized a trade with the Cleveland Indians, acquiring star shortstop Francisco Lindor and starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco. In the move, they will acquire two extremely talented players, and this is something the Yankees would normally do, but with new owner Steve Cohen taking over the Mets this off-season, changes are incoming. The desire to spend money and actually improve the team is the first major takeaway, as general manager Brian Cashman waits idly by for DJ LeMahieu to make a decision on his future.

However, Lindor had been linked to the Yankees for quite some time, and an interesting takeaway did bubble to the surface following the deal with Cleveland.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post stated that the Yankees ‘did,’ in fact, inquire about Francisco Lindor as a backup plan to losing DJ LeMahieu.

Yankees inquired with the Indians on the price for Lindor as a backup plan if they did not sign LeMahieu, but have remained committed to seeing it thru with LeMahieu even as other options — such as Lindor — come off the board.

It seems as if Cashman dipped his hand in the Lindor sweepstakes, but the timing just didn’t work out right. It is clear he feels confident with his farm system and the youth he continues to develop, but the Yankees need to be thinking about winning now, especially with other teams on the rise.

The New York Yankees are the only ones aggressively pursuing DJ:

Former Nationals GM Jim Bowden wrote in The Athletic that the Dodgers have similar contract length concerns.

The Dodgers are in the mix for LeMahieu’s services, but like the Yankees don’t appear willing to offer a five-year contract nor the average annual value LeMahieu’s agent Joel Wolfe is hoping to get. However, the baseball fit for the Dodgers is enormous. The Dodgers could put him at third base where he would be above-average defensively or they could put him at his best position of second base where he’s won three Gold Glove awards in his career.

It is becoming increasingly worrisome that the Yankees might lose out on LeMahieu this off-season. The Dodgers are really the only team I feel could challenge them in terms of years and financial allocations. While it seems both clubs are trying to stay away from a five-year deal, DJ continues to hold out in hopes of receiving what he desires.

However, given a different team doesn’t enter the fold and the Dodgers don’t get overly aggressive, the Yankees can wait patiently and settle on a compromise, given the fact that LeMahieu has already made it known he prefers to stay in New York.

Mets’ president and GM delighted after trade: ‘Lindor is a player that makes one smile’

New York Yankees, Francisco Lindor

The New York Mets made the splash of 2021 by acquiring All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and starter Carlos Carrasco from the Cleveland Indians. In return, they shipped a couple of (good) prospects, Amed Rosario, and Andres Gimenez, who will presumably be the double-play tandem for the tribe for a very long time.

It is the first truly “wow” move by new general manager Jared Porter, and the third (and fourth) major acquisition for president Sandy Alderson and owner Steve Cohen since they took over, as the Mets had already brought catcher James McCann and reliever Trevor May.

Alderson was delighted to welcome Lindor and Carrasco to Queens. He spoke in a virtual press conference on Thursday, just a couple of hours after swinging the deal.

He said the trade says was in the works for “a long time,” beginning early in the offseason. Back then, Cleveland had announced that they intended to trade their star shortstop before the season started.

“I think Lindor’s the kind of player that makes one smile,” the Mets’ president said. Indeed, the infielder is known for his contagious style of play, always enjoying himself and smiling to the cameras.

The Mets added “a superstar shortstop in his prime”

“It’s great,” Porter, the Mets’ GM, said. “Anytime you can add a player like Lindor, it’s one of the hardest things in baseball to get – a shortstop, superstar player in his prime. …Adding a guy like Carrasco in the same deal lengthens the rotation, really kinda gives a different look in our rotation from the other two guys that are at the top half.”

“We’re very excited about this and I think the two players coming from Cleveland are as well,” Alderson said. “They’ve spent a lot of time in Cleveland and so there were mixed emotions, but I think they’re excited about coming to New York.”

Meanwhile, Rosario left a very classy message for Mets’ fans in his Instagram account: “To the New York Mets Organization thank you for taking a chance with a 16 yr old kid from Santo Domingo and giving me the opportunity to do what I love. To all Mets fans, you will always have a place in my heart, New York is truly amazing.”