Francisco Lindor all smiles after trade from Indians to Mets

New York City (AP) — Francisco Lindor smiled commonly for a complete 40 minutes, enthralled to sign up with a New york city Mets group expanding under brand-new owner Steven Cohen.

”They state it’s most likely really infectious,” the Mets’ brand-new shortstop stated. ”I’m living my dream. I’m living the life I constantly desired, so I do not see why not.”

Cleveland traded the four-time All-Star to New york city along with pitcher Carlos Carrasco on Thursday for infielders Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario plus a set of minors potential customers, right-hander Josh Wolf and outfielder Isaiah Greene.

”I’m thrilled to be with the Mets company. I’m not versus a long term. I’m not versus it,” Lindor stated in a press conference from Florida, using his brand-new group’s royal blue cap. ”It needs to understand both sides.”

Lindor stated he would not wish to work out as soon as he begins spring training, choosing to focus then on playing and ideally winning. He made $6,481,481 prorated from a $17.5 million income in 2015, is qualified for arbitration next month and can end up being a totally free representative after this season. His representative, Dave Meter, had actually talked about a long-term offer with the Indians.

”We talked and we provided it our best shot on both sides,” Lindor stated.

However the Indians did not believe they might manage a multiyear agreement with the 27-year-old, so they picked to make the trade.

Cohen, a billionaire hedge fund supervisor, purchased the Mets on Nov. 6 from the Wilpon and Katz households. The Mets had the third-highest payroll in 2015 behind the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers and New York City Yankees, and the Mets’ offseason has actually consisted of offering pitcher Marcus Stroman an $18.9 million, 1 year offer; hurt right-hander Noah Syndergaard a $9.7 million, 1 year agreement; right-handed reducer Trevor Might a $15.5 million, two-year arrangement; and catcher James McCann a $40.6 million, four-year offer.

Outfielder George Springer and 2nd baseman DJ LeMahieu stay possibilities amongst complimentary representatives.

”I are among the faces. I accept that,” Lindor stated. ”I have actually never ever been the kind of gamer where it resembles, follow me, I’ll lead you to the success. No, I have actually constantly been an individual that together all of us are going to attain what we desire. Which’s what I bring. That’s what I’m bringing. I’m bringing my, ‘Hey men. let’s discover a method to do this together. I understand you men have a fantastic thing going on. I simply wish to be a little piece of that puzzle.”’

He intended to stay with the Indians however stated ”they didn’t turn up with that number.” He applauded Cleveland however looked ahead enthusiastically.

”Cleveland is a fantastic location, is a fantastic city. I enjoy the Indians. I enjoy everyone in the company,” he stated, while understanding ”if there is something missing, we’re going to go get it and we’re going to discover a method.”

Lindor discovers himself in a circumstance comparable to that of outfielder Mookie Betts, traded from Boston to the Dodgers prior to last season with one season of club control staying. Betts and Los Angeles concurred in July to a $365 million, 12-year agreement.

If Lindor accepts a long-term offer, it likely would end up being the biggest in Mets’ history, exceeding the $138 million, eight-year arrangement of captain David Wright that covered 2013-20.

Lindor’s very first idea on what he wished to do when he gets to New york city had absolutely nothing to do with baseball, however.

”Pizza,” he stated.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.