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New York Mets landed All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Carlos Carrasco from Cleveland in a six-man trade. Did the Mets hit a home run in Lindor? (Photo : Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
The New York Mets hit the jackpot in Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco after their successful trade with Cleveland.
The New York Mets restarted when Steve Cohen bought the team in November last year. Now that the billionaire owner has stepped in the New York grounds, here now comes a continuous off-season hauling of potential players who will fit the Mets’ championship puzzle.
For the Mets’ fans, the reality of tasting the championship title is slowly nearing fruition. Cohen did not disappoint the fans with their expectations, as the Mets hit a home run in their recent acquisitions.
Mets blockbuster trade
On Thursday, the New York Mets received All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco from Cleveland in a six-man trade. In exchange for Lindor and Carrasco, the Cleveland absorbed starter Josh Wolf, outfielder Isaiah Greene and shortstops Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario.
Under Cohen’s ownership, spending a chunk of big money in Met’s first blockbuster trade was all worth it. In September 2020, Cohen pocketed the New York Mets via a $2.4 billion deal.
The 64-year-old tycoon is estimated to have a net worth of over $14 billion, so it is not surprising if the Mets will push to add another big name in the following days. This explosive transposition for the Mets will bolster their campaign for the 2021 Season that is slated to begin on April 1, according to MLB.
Next off-season, four-time All-Star Franciso Lindor will be a free agent. He will join the 2022 free-agency parade of MLB‘s excellent shortstops with Corey Seager, Carlos Correa, Javier Baez, and Trevor Story.
Cleveland fell to the Mets’ trade because they want to free the salary cap for the organization. Keeping Lindor for Cleveland is too costly, and the best way to stay afloat is to explore the trading system.
Inside a fan’s mind, the Mets are already celebrating in advance in the World Series. While Lindor just started to thrive on the Mets’ turf, Cohen might present him a good offer to avoid free agency. We do not know what Lindor is thinking – he could only be testing the water with the Mets or targeting another team after his test.
At a video conference on Thursday, New York Mets president Sandy Alderson talked about Lindor’s contract extension’s possible proposal. Somehow, Alderson hoped that the deal would happen as they have expected.
For Carrasco, he will be playing under the Mets until 2022, with the last year of the contract involving a club option.
We might be seeing another face in the next Mets’ acquisition like pitcher Trevor Bauer, but the last rumor involved a bigger name than him. New York seems to be on target for center fielder George Springer, just a month after they inked a $40 million, four-year agreement with catcher James McCann.
On the other hand, Cleveland still stuck to their frugal handling of players, like Mike Clevinger and Bauer. For the past five seasons, Cleveland was a consistent playoff-bound team for four years. They ended up on a 35-25 record in a COVID-19 ravaged year, only to trip over New York Yankees in the wild-card showdown.
The Mets have won the trade, especially with Lindor, but Cleveland should not overlook their players with high potential. They should not sleep on Rosario, especially on Jimenez, a hard-hitter with .732 OPS in his first year with the Mets.
The youngest on the trade, Greene will be starting his first minor-league game. The 19-year-old was drafted 69th overall by the Mets in the second round of the 2020 MLB draft.
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