New York Mets acquire Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco from Cleveland Indians in successful deal



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The New York Mets acquired star shortstop Francisco Lindor and right-hander Carlos Carrasco in a successful trade with the Cleveland Indians.

In return, Cleveland received shortstops Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez and two minor league prospects – right-hander Josh Wolf and outfielder Isaiah Greene.

The mark marks the Mets’ first major move since owner Steve Cohen completed his purchase of the franchise last year.

The Indians also saved a significant payroll for 2021 by parting ways with Lindor ($ 19.5 million) and Carrasco ($ 12 million).

Since making his MLB debut in 2015, Lindor has ranked first among all WAR shortstops (28.4), home runs (138) and extra-base hits, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

He also ranks second in RBI (411) and races (508), and fifth in OPS (.835) and slugging (.485), while hitting .285. At 27, Lindor won four All-Star nods, two Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers to go with a World Series appearance in 2016 and a second place in the AL Rookie of the Year vote in 2015.

Carrasco, 33, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2019 and returned the same season, becoming the AL Comeback Player of the Year. He was seventh in the AL with a 2.91 ERA in 12 starts last season and sixth with 82 strikeouts in 68.0 innings.

Carrasco is 88-73 with a 3.77 ERA and 1,305 strikeouts in 242 games during his 11-year career with Cleveland.

Rosario, 25, was .268 with 32 homers and 148 RBIs in 403 games with the Mets from 2017 to 2020.

Gimenez, 22, registered .263 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 49 games last year.

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