The Steve Cohen Era may have gotten off to a slower start than most New York Mets fans anticipated but boy was that remedied this week when the pulled acquired not only superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor from the Cleveland Indians but also All-Star level starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco for a package that was highlighted by shortstops Andres Giminez and Amed Rosario. Clearly Lindor is the story of the deal and his first round pedigree remains for 2021 fantasy baseball despite a bit of a disappointing campaign in the COVID-19 shortened 2019. As always lets take apart the deal and see how this impact the included players' fantasy baseball value.
Francisco Lindor: The stud piece in the trade in every way, the 27-year-old Lindor heads to the Mets still in his prime and set to bat third for the team for 2021. By now it is old news that Lindor is a five-tool monster fantasy baseball asset and one who should once again be in the talks as a late first round pick this spring. While Lindor batted a disappointing .258 last season, we pretty much can take all the numbers from last season with a grain of salt which will be a theme in evaluations for most guys going forward. Instead lets gaze back to 2019 when Lindor put up the following numbers:
Those numbers are of the blockbuster variety and the power/speed game itself is a major asset at the shortstop spot in fantasy baseball. Even last season in 60 games Lindor swiped 6 bags and hit 8 homers and so we can still safely project the steal to be there with the 30-home run power. Add in the guarantee of 100 runs and a solid chance at 100 RBI in a better Mets lineup and you start to see why Lindor is as good as it gets out there. Perhaps the one tiny quibble we can make here is the fact Lindor has hit under .280 in three of the last four seasons but that is a small price to pay for the rest of the statistical bonanza. Yes Lidor's fly ball rate has taken off in possibly an indication he is selling out for more power but again this is a first round pick all the way who could really take off in a stacked Mets lineup.
2021 PROJECTION: .278 30 HR 104 RBI 111 R 16 SB