The Cleveland Baseball Club has completed a major trade with the New York Mets including their superstar shortstop and longtime pitcher.
It was inevitable that the Cleveland Baseball Club was going to trade Francisco Lindor and that day has now come. Cleveland has agreed to a deal which will send Lindor and Carlos Carrasco to the New York Mets in exchange for Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Josh Wolf, and Isaiah Greene according to reports. It’s the end of an era in Cleveland and both should do well with the Mets.
For Cleveland they are getting two players in Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez that can start on day one. Rosario is a four year pro who has a career slash line of .268/.323/.402/705 with 63 doubles, 20 triples, 32 home runs, 148 RBI and 50 stolen bases. Gimenez appeared in 49 games for the Mets as a rookie last season and slashed .263/.333/.398/.732 with 3 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, and 12 RBI while stealing 8 bases.
The two prospects Cleveland acquired a little ways away from making an impact. Josh Wolf is a 20-year old pitching prospect who Cleveland should be able to develop just like their other pitchers. Isaiah Greene is a 19-year old outfield prospect who was drafted by the Mets in the 2nd round of the 2020 Amateur Draft. Neither player was drafted by the current regime in Queens so it was significantly easier to part ways with them.
In case anyone has not been paying attention this day was always going to come. The Cleveland Baseball Club had every intention of trading Francisco Lindor before Opening Day. Moving Carlos Carrasco really became a possibility when evaluating the payroll of the team. The Mets were a team in need of a superstar player that they can trade for and subsequently extend and a pitcher who was not going to break the bank, they got both. Cleveland accomplished the not so sexy goal of cutting payroll while avoiding an all out salary dump, even though this still sort of feels like it.