Jeff Passan breaks the deal by sending Francisco Lindor from Cleveland to the Mets, and how this leads New York to become the best team in NL East (2:21)

The New York Mets have taken over star shortstop Francisco Lindor and right-handed Carlos Carrasco in a blockbuster deal with the Cleveland Indians

In return, Cleveland received shortstops like Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez, as well as two prospects for a smaller league – right-handed Josh Wolf and outfielder Isaiah Greene

The deal marks the Mets’ first big step since owner Steve Cohen completed the purchase of the franchise last year. Cohen bought the Mets on November 6 from the Wilpon and Katz families and pledged to increase spending

Indians will save sizeable payrolls in 2021 by splitting Lindor ($ 19 million) and Carrasco ($ 12 million)

Since his MLB debut in 2015, Lindor has been number one among all shortstops in WAR (28) 4), home runs (138) and extra-base hits according to ESPN Stats & Information

He also ranks second in RBIs (411) and runs (508) and fifth in OPS (835) and slugging (485) in batting 285. At 27, Lindor has four All-Star nods, two gold gloves and received two silver clubs to appear at the World Series in 2016 and second place in the 2015 AL Rookie of the Year election

When Cleveland’s 2020 season, shortened by the pandemic, ended in a wildcard loss to the New York Yankees, it was a question of when and not if Lindor would be traded

Running out of options in Cleveland Lindor turned down numerous long-term contract offers from the franchisee, bet on himself, knowing that if he became a free agent, he could get more money from a large market team

He’s only under contract until the 2021 season so the Mets need to work quickly to sign him for the long term

The Indians made it known that Lindor was available at the right price. And although it is never easy to swap a talent of the generation whose perhaps best years lie ahead, Cleveland’s financial situation would never allow it to be sustained / p>

Cohen hopes to reverse a franchise that hasn’t won a World Series since 1986

Cohen fired General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen and brought back former GM Sandy Alderson as team president and hired Jared Porter of Arizona as GM under Alderson

The Mets stepped up their spending, holding pitcher Marcus Stroman for $ 18.9 million qualifying offer, right-handed Trevor May signed for $ 155 million, two-year deal, and catcher James McCann for $ 406 million, four-year deal New York also signed the injured right-handed Noah Syndergaard with $ 9.7 million, one-year contract

Carrasco, 33, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2019 and returned that same season, becoming AL Comeback Player of the Year, finishing seventh in the AL with a 291 ERA over 12 starts last season and sixth with 82 spikes in 680 innings

Carrasco is 88-73 with a 377 ERA and 1305 strikes in 242 games during his eleven-year career with Cleveland

Rosario, 25, hit 268 with 32 homers and 148 RBIs in 403 games with the Mets from 2017 to ’20

Francisco Lindor, Carlos Carrasco

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