When the Cleveland Indians traded away 27-year-old shortstop Francisco Lindor to the New York Mets, the deal was not a shock whatsoever. Everyone knew that it was just a matter of time before the Indians gave up trying to bring him back.
Cleveland had spent time trying to get Lindor under a new deal. Some reports even say the Indians went as high as $200 million to get him to come back, only to be rejected.
“I have never been scared about free agency, so it’s not like I have got to rush to sign a deal,” Lindor said via the New York Post.
2020 wasn’t a great year in the field or at the plate for Lindor, who struggled despite the Indians winning the American League Central. He went .258/.335/.415 with just eight homers and 27 RBIs in 60 games.
Now that he’s divorced from Cleveland, Lindor admits that he didn’t give his all for the Tribe in 2020.
“I didn’t give my best in the weight room, and that showed in the last week of the season. I got tired,” he said.
“It’s [working harder] during the season this year to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
This statement can’t sit well with Indians fans who wore Lindor’s shirts, cheered for him for years, and were willing to go on social media to bash the owners of the team, the Dolans, telling them no matter what, they should bring Lindor back.
We shall see how if the attitude about Lindor changes in the 216.