Mets Acquire Francisco Lindor From Indians in Blockbuster Trade
Steve Cohen has finally made his presence felt for the Mets. The Mets have been relatively quiet after Cohen officially purchased the team, but they made a splash on Thursday by acquiring Lindor and Carlos Carrasco from the Indians.
Lindor is the centerpiece of this deal. He’s a four-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove Award winner, and a two-time Silver Slugger, and he fills the hole that the Mets have had at shortstop since the departure of Jose Reyes back in 2012.
Carrasco should also be an excellent addition to their pitching staff. He struggled in 2019 after being diagnosed with leukemia, but he bounced back with a 2.91 ERA over 12 starts in 2020. He also finished with 82 strikeouts over 68.0 innings pitched, which ranked sixth in the American League. Carrasco will bolster a rotation that was shaky outside of Jacob deGrom last season.
In exchange for these players, the Indians will receive a package of promising young prospects. Amed Rosario has struggled a bit at the major league level, but he was once considered a top-five overall prospect by most major publications. He will get a chance to revive his stock with the Indians. Cleveland will also land Andres Gimenez, who was ranked as the No. 92 overall prospect by MLB.com in 2019. He got his first taste of big-league action last season and finished with a .263 batting average over 118 at bats.
Josh Wolf and Isaiah Greene round out the deal. Wolf was selected in the second round of the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft, while Greene was the No. 69 overall selection in 2020.