Wow. Steve Cohen has made his first blockbuster as the owner of the NY Mets. The Mets’ newly-minted front office including Jared Porter, Sandy Alderson, and Zack Scott has gone to work. Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco will be heading to the NY Mets in a blockbuster deal. The Mets new owner said from the getgo that he was ready to make big moves for the club if they helped the club. This trade of Lindor and Carrasco certainly qualifies for that. The trade will be Carrasco and Lindor to the Mets and the Indians getting a haul of minor and major league players. Those will be Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez to the Indians, along with 2019 2nd round pick Josh Wolf, and 2020 2nd round pick, Isaiah Greene.
Mets Acquire Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco
After many impatient calls to do something, Mets brass has officially blown the doors off with this trade. In Steve Cohen’s first blockbuster as an owner, his crew hit it out of the park. The Mets traded two shortstops to Cleveland while holding on to their most prized shortstop prospect in Ronny Mauricio. They also traded one of their pitching draftees from the 2019 draft, however, he was on the tier below other picks, J.T. Ginn and Matthew Allan.
Isaiah Greene is an outfielder drafted this past year. He ranked #10 in the Mets farm system. The two shortstops, of course, are Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez. Rosario is a former #1 prospect who has not lived up to the hype. He had an especially tough 2020 season. Although he finished off the season strong, his overall stats declined from 2019. Gimenez made the team out of training camp and became a reliable defensive player at shortstop, something the Mets didn’t have with Rosario.
Mets Offseason Just Getting Started
The Mets offseason has just gotten started. Marcus Stroman returning, Trevor May, James McCann, Francisco Lindor, and Carlos Carrasco. Wow. The Mets will still likely be involved for another reliever, whether it be Brad Hand or Liam Hendriks, a center fielder, whether it be Geroge Springer or Jackie Bradley Jr., and more. The Mets have been active, and they will continue to be active. The new ownership has been far more aggressive than the previous regime could’ve imagined. Previous GM Brodie Van Wagenen’s biggest move was Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz. New GM and co. Jared Porter’s first big move is Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco. What an incredible turnaround for the Mets.
Many may view this as a move that could take the Mets out of the Springer sweepstakes. But as of today, the Mets are still the perceived favorites. However, it’s been reported that the Springer sweepstakes may take longer than expected, and the Mets didn’t want to miss out on potentially getting a star player this offseason. This move was made for protection in case the Mets can’t bring Springer home, as he has been asking for a lot more money than the Mets may want to pay. Thus, this was the perfect response move for the Mets. They would love to add Springer to the mix. He will have the choice of whether he wants to make a record payday, or take less and join the lively team in Queens.
Mets Knock It Out Of The Park
The Mets knocked it out of the park with this trade. They filled their shortstop position with an elite shortstop, who’s only 27 years old in Lindor. They also added a legit #2 starter, in Carrasco, who will fit in nicely behind the Mets ace, Jacob deGrom. The Mets traded two members from their 2020 club, and two prospects drafted each of the last seasons. This move speaks of one where the Mets expect to re-sign Lindor long-term. It is expected that Lindor will do so, given the bright lights of NY and the bright future of the Mets. Therefore, the question will not be whether he will re-sign or not, but for how much. Lindor is expected to get at least a seven-year deal worth over $200 million.
Lindor is coming off a down year in which he only hit .258 with a 102 OPS+. However, the uncertainty that was the 2020 season may have played a factor. Throughout his career, he has hit .285 with a .346 OBP and a 117 OPS+. Defensively, Lindor is going to give the Mets a legit defender, who won’t have many balls go by him or balls thrown away. Carrasco is a legit add to the Mets rotation as well. After all the issues that went his way in 2019, he bounced back in a huge way in 2020. He pitched to a 2.91 ERA in 12 games and put up a 1.6 WAR and 157 ERA+.
Overall, this move is a huge deal for the Mets. It shows they are ready to compete with the big boys and unafraid of making blockbuster deals as such. Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco fill two positions at an exceptional rate. They will both allow the Mets to be bona fide contenders for the foreseeable future.