Thursday, Jan 7, 2021. 12:55 PM
(Update : Thursday, Jan 7, 2021. 2:03 PM)
CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Indians have sold shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Carlos Carrasco to the New York Mets.
In return, the Indians got infielder Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario, right-hander Josh Wolf, as well as outfielder Isaiah Greene.
Lindor, 27, is one of MLB’s most complete players. The one who participated four times in the All-Star game to win with his stick, his glove, or his legs. He maintained offensive averages of .285 / .346 / .488 in six seasons at Cleveland. He notably hit 138 homers and produced 411 points, in addition to stealing 99 goals.
Lindor was the face of the Indians with his infectious smile and overt love for the game, making him one of the most popular athletes in this Ohio town.
Carrasco has meanwhile been one of the great stories in baseball in recent years, overcoming leukemia before becoming one of the American’s top pitchers again. The 33-year-old gunner is 88-73 and has a 3.73 career earned-run average.
Once the Indians’ 2020 season concluded in the first round of the playoffs against the New York Yankees, it became apparent that it was only a matter of time before Lindor left the club.
He rejected several long-term offers from the Indians, who no longer had an option, being financially limited. Lindor knew that by betting on him, he would get the amount he wanted once he entered the free agent market.
The Indians had let it be known that Lindor could be available, for the safe return.
He only has one year left on his contract, so the Mets will have to quickly present him with a tempting offer in order to secure his long-term service.
This acquisition shows that the Mets have great ambitions for the next season.
“We weren’t given them,” Mets president Sandy Alderson said of Lindor and Carrasco.
“What we are trying to do is create a new reality rather than give perceptions. “
New Mets owner Steven Cohen has vowed to invest in the squad to give fans their first World Series title since 1986.
He fired chief executive Brodie Van Wagenen and brought Alderson back into the role of chairman. The latter debauched Jared Porter from the Arizona Diamondbacks to become their new general manager.
Lindor is set to earn US $ 17.5 million in 2021, while Carrasco has signed a two-year contract that will pay him $ 12 million per season. The contract includes an option at the discretion of the team worth $ 14 million for 2023. It will be applied automatically if he throws 170 innings in 2022.
Since Cohen acquired the club in November, the Mets have retained starter Marcus Stroman with a qualifying bid of $ 18.9 million for 021; they hired right-hander Trevor May for two years and $ 15.5 million; in addition to attracting wide receiver James McCann with a four-season offer and $ 40.6 million.
The team also awarded a contract of one for $ 9.7 million to injured pitcher Noah Syndergaard.