Did SS Francisco Lindor Give Up While Playing With The Indians Last Season?

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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.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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  1. As a lifelong Indians fan, I’ve gotten used to the team being unable to re-sign its superstars. Just wish the team had gotten more for Lindor but have to have faith that the front office knows what it is doing. The front office has done really well in these types of trades in the past but this “haul” from trading the best Tribester of the last 20 years looks awfully light.

    That being said. The Tribe is 0-8 in its last eight playoff games with Lindor. How much worse could it be without him? This club is so snake bit. In the ’90s, it was a lack of bona fide #1 starter (sorry, Charlie Nagy) that kept the team from winning a title. For the last several years, we have had an abundance of #1 type starters (at the same time!) and can’t put together an OF that is worth a squirt of piss.

    Lindor isn’t going to do himself any favors with this admission. And woe unto him if he would admit doing something similar while with the Mets.

    Wish him the best and like Tribe fans everywhere can only wince and wonder what might have been if he had been a year older with that 2016 squad.

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