Mets acquire Lindor, Carrasco from Cleveland in six-player deal


The Mets have made the biggest splash of the offseason, acquiring shortstop Francisco Lindor and RHP Carlos Carrasco from Cleveland for a package of four players.

In return, Cleveland receives SS Amed Rosario, top infield prospect Andres Gimenez, 2020 second-round pick OF Isaiah Greene, and RHP Josh Wolf, the Mets’ second-round pick in 2019.

Lindor, 27, is in his final year of arbitration eligibility, but is a four-time AL All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger and Gold Glove winner, and considered one of the elite shortstops in baseball. He slashed .258/.335/.415 with eight homers and 27 RBI in 60 games last season, and averaged 34 homers and 85 RBI over the three seasons between 2017-2019.

Since 2017, Lindor ranks third in the majors with 258 extra-base hits, and is third in runs scored (359), fifth in hits (592), tied for 12th in homers (111), and 17th in stolen bases (68) during that span.

Lindor finished in the top 15 in the American League Most Valuable Player voting each year from 2016–2019, and since 2016, Lindor has a 47.6 UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating) according to FanGraphs, which is the third-highest rating among all players behind Mookie Betts and Andrelton Simmons.

Carrasco, 33, was 3-4 with a 2.91 ERA in 2020, and is signed through 2022 (the final two years of a four-year, $47 million deal he inked with the Indians in the 2018-19 offseason) with a 2023 team option.

The righty is 88–73 with a 3.77 ERA and 1,305 strikeouts in 242 games during his 11-year major league career with Cleveland, and was the AL Comeback Player of the Year in 2019 after returning from a diagnosis of leukemia.

Rosario, 25, hit .252 with four homers and 15 RBI last season, and is a career .268 hitter in 403 games across four seasons. Gimenez, 22, made his MLB debut in 2020, slashing .263/.333/.398 in 48 games at all three infield spots.

The former, who is first-year arbitration-eligible, was the Mets' nominal starting shortstop for the past three seasons, while the latter, who was a consensus Top 100 prospect entering 2020, was expected to supplant him in that role in 2021.

Wolf, 20, was a second-round pick out of high school in 2019 and threw eight innings with the GCL Mets that season. Greene, 19, was this year's second-round pick out of high school, and has not yet played a professional game.

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