Losing loved ones sucks and Francisco Lindor was certainly loved by many here in Cleveland when he was a part of the Indians from 2015-2020. This was not only one of the best shortstops in the game but he could also smack that baseball too.

In 777 total games in Cleveland, Lindor had a batting average of .285 with 896 hits, 138 homers, 411 RBIs and 508 runs scored. We all remember that classic grand slam against the New York Yankees in the 2017 playoffs too. Off the poll!!!

This season with the New York Mets, Lindor has struggled to hit .197 with only seven home runs and 22 RBIs in 46 total games. Yikes…

Here is when we lost our pal:

Via the Athletic: “NEW YORK — On Jan. 7, 2021, Cleveland shipped its franchise shortstop to the big city, sending Francisco Lindor — once its first-round pick, its top prospect, its heart and soul — to the Mets. The trade also relocated Carlos Carrasco, at the time the team’s longest-tenured player, to New York. In return, Cleveland received shortstops Amed Rosario and Andrés Giménez, plus prospects Josh Wolf and Isaiah Greene.

Yes, technically the Guardians traded Lindor and so it wasn’t his choice. However, there was a clear understanding that he wasn’t going to sign for the amount of money Cleveland was willing to offer him. A common theme with this franchise over the years.

This reason one could “boo” or “hate” Lindor is the idea that he didn’t take a discount to stay in Cleveland. The Mets eventually signed the shortstop to a 10-year, $341 million deal. No way the Guardians ever sign him for anything even close to that deal.

However, keep this in mind.

On the positive, because the Guardians did not sign Lindor they were able to take that money prior to the start of the 2022 season Ramirez signed Jose Ramirez to a  seven-year, $141 million. Currently, Ramirez is hitting .253 with 11 home runs and 41 RBIs.

Jose Ramirez!

Comparing the two currently and it looks like Cleveland is winning versus New York. Also, Rosario and Giménez are starting to play well this year which is another plus to the deal.

Welcome back to Cleveland, Frankie Lindor. My guess is for the most part it’ll just be cheers from the crowd with maybe a few “Boos” slipped in. No, this is not some LeBron return with Miami or anything of that nature.

WATCH THE REFERENCED LINDOR GRAND SLAM HOME RUN BY CLICKING HERE!!!

Lindor returns back to Cleveland for the first time and plays at 6:10 against the Guardians here at Progressive Field!!!

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