Mets' Javier Baez talks 'special' bond with Francisco Lindor: 'I would love to stay here and play with him'

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Javier Baez Francisco Lindor postgame handshake line September 2021
Javier Baez Francisco Lindor postgame handshake line September 2021

It’s been known for awhile now that Javier Baez and Francisco Lindor have a very strong bond, even before he landed with the Mets.

But, in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago’s Gordon Wittenmyer, Baez said that connection with his fellow middle infielder is something very “special,” which has the free-agent-to-be thinking about re-signing with New York.

“I think me and Lindor are close than [Kris Bryant] and [Anthony] Rizzo,” Baez said, talking about his former teammates with the Cubs. “It’s a really special thing here. …I would love to stay here and play with him.”

When these two are on the field together, Baez is confident saying “there’s not one” middle infield better in the league. And the Mets certainly realize that, as both players are five-tool guys.

“And we haven’t been playing really well as a middle infield; we can do much better,” Baez said. “But we’ve been here like two months. If it’s going to be a whole year, or 10 years. We obviously are going to get those adjustments to click and be [in sync].”

Baez added that no one has talked to him about returning to the team just yet, though he’s met owner Steve Cohen and called him a “great guy.”

The free-swinging infielder is certainly someone that has proved his worth in New York. While he does have some plate discipline issues – he also had the lapse of judgment in the “thumbs down” situation – Baez has slashed .303/.377/.538 with nine homers and 20 RBI in 41 games with the Mets. His combination of power, speed and aggressive play has paid dividends for the team despite the results on the record at the end of the game.

So Baez is a prime candidate of those Mets hitting free agency to return, especially if Cohen wants to exceed the luxury tax this offseason. And Baez does see a bright future for New York at the moment, one that is reminiscent of the 2016 Cubs – to him at least.

“This team wants to win as bad as we did in ’16,” he said about his World Series ring. “I promise you, they’re going to win. They’re going to win soon, whether I’m here or not.”