The New York Mets have been the most talked-about franchise during this particular offseason. Their hiring of Jared Porter and Steve Cohen in the front office has resulted in a flurry of transactions, and the trend has not slowed down in the new year. On Thursday, the Mets received shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Carlos Carrasco from Cleveland in exchange for shortstops Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario, pitcher Josh Wolf and outfielder Isaiah Greene.
Lindor has been on the trade market for the last several weeks, and still provides tremendous value to the Mets. In the shortened 2020 season, he maintained a .258 batting average while totaling eight home runs and 27 RBIs. For the 2021 season, he is expected to make $19.5 million; second among shortstop salaries for next season. There is reason to believe the Mets and Lindor will agree to a long-term deal sooner than later.
For Carrasco, he is seeking his first winning season since 2018. Last season, he finished with a 3-4 record along with a 2.91 ERA. He has spent the last 11 seasons with Cleveland, compiling 88 wins as a starter and recording 1,305 strikeouts.
Isaiah Greene is a prospect drafted out of California High School last summer, and clearly fits a future need for Cleveland at center field. According to sources, Cleveland was interested in Greene during his respective draft.
More importantly, this transactions sheds off nearly $44 million on the payroll for Cleveland. It was a major concern entering the 2021 season, but they accomplished what they sought out to do.