Francisco Lindor proving Cleveland right for trading him away

Cleveland Indians, New York Mets

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The Cleveland Indians should feel pretty good about trading Francisco Lindor away given how this latest Mets controversy is unfolding.

It’s been almost nine months since the Indians traded Francisco Lindor to the Mets. They have every reason to feel like they won the trade.

Lindor has slumped at the plate and missed time with injury. Now, he’s damaged his reputation further by taking part in the “thumbs down” celebration.

Francisco Lindor is part of the Mets thumbs down controversy

What’s been going on with Lindor in New York? He was one of a few Mets players who celebrated with a thumbs down, later revealed to be a signal of booing back at fans who have booed the players.

“When we don’t get success, we’re going to get booed. So they are going to get booed when we get success,” Javier Baez explained.

Regardless of how you feel about fans booing players, the players responding like that isn’t going over well in New York.

While Baez is at the center of things right now, Lindor is taking his lumps too.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post laid into Lindor in a recent column titled “Francisco Lindor – not Javy Baez – is the real Mets issue.”

Lindor hasn’t handled the bright lights of the Big Apple well. The four-time All-Star has hit just 11 home runs while batting .224/.316/.370 this season. Those are all career lows.

The slumping bat hasn’t ingratiated him to Mets fans and this latest controversy won’t do anything to help his case.

The Indians aren’t strapped with a massive 10-year contract for a player who can’t seem to handle the pressure. They should also feel good about the prospects they picked up in the trade.

Lindor keeps giving Cleveland proof that the deal was a good one.

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