Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor is heading to the Big Apple following a blockbuster trade by the Mets.
Brand new Mets owner Steve Cohen is already making an impact after becoming the organization’s new leader just months ago. His first blockbuster trade resulted in an absolute steal by the Mets.
Cleveland is sending Lindor and RHP Carlos Carrasco to New York in exchange for SS Andres Gimenez, RHP Josh Wolf and OF Isaiah Greene, per MLB insider Jeff Passan.
This is one of the biggest steals in baseball over the past decade. The Mets finally have a infield superstar to pair with their stellar pitching rotation.
So far what we know of the New York-Cleveland blockbuster:
Mets get: SS Francisco Lindor and RHP Carlos Carrasco (as @Feinsand reported)
Cleveland gets: SS Andres Gimenez, RHP Josh Wolf, OF Isaiah Greene
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 7, 2021
Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo reports the deal will also send New York shortstop Amed Rosario to Cleveland.
Amed Rosario also headed to Indians, as @jonathanmayo said. Inclusions of both Rosario and Gimenez certainly would suggest Mets are serious about signing Lindor long-term.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 7, 2021
The bottom line is Cleveland doesn’t have the money to keep Francisco Lindor around for the long haul. Shipping him off now gives Cleveland the opportunity to get a few young and cheap prospects from New York.
The Mets, meanwhile, are emerging as a major NL contender as the 2021 season begins in just under three months.
It’s safe to say New York fans are thrilled with Thursday’s massive news dump revolving the blockbuster trade between Cleveland and the Mets.
— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) January 7, 2021
Francisco Lindor playing in New York for the Mets. That’s certainly one way to let fans know that the new regime is not the old regime.
— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) January 7, 2021
Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco is a big-time haul for the Mets.
— Michael Mayer (@mikemayerMMO) January 7, 2021
It’s still early, but the Mets may finally have a competent owner. It’s clear Steve Cohen is doing all he can to field a contender.
Lindor is the latest superstar to head to New York, but will be playing for the Mets – not the Yankees. It’s a big day for Cohen, the Mets and the Big Apple.