Monday, June 27

Francisco Lindor Trade Degrees: Mets Land in Franchise as Superstar; Cleveland cries poor

Cleveland traded franchise icon Francisco Lindor on Thursday, and absolutely zero people in baseball were shocked.

It’s kind of sad comment, right? Lindor may become a free agent after the 2021 season, and there was very little chance that Cleveland’s owning group would agree to spend the kind of money it would take to sign their superstar shortstop to a long-term contract. So it was definitely going to be dealt with at some point.

The question was this: Where would I go? We received our reply on Thursday. Lindor is the newest member of the New York Mets.

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That did not facilitate the breakup. Consider this, from Cleveland club president Chris Antonetti.

This is how the trade is broken.

Mets host SS Francisco Lindor, SP Carlos Carrasco

I need to know: There was never any real doubt that the Mets, under new owner Steve Cohen, would make a flashy move this offseason. The question was what would they do, and Lindor always made sense. He is a true superstar, both on and off the field. And if you’re trying to change the name of your new baseball club, why not start with a guy whose nickname is Mr. Smile?

However, Lindor is more than a smile and a nickname. He’s on the short list of the best major leagues; His 2020 season was not the best, but it is difficult to judge anyone by what happened in that year interrupted by the pandemic. He has been an All-Star Game MVP candidate from the moment he hit the big boys, and he’s still just 27 years old (his birthday was in November). In his last three full seasons (2017-19), Lindor averaged 34 home runs, 21 stolen bases, 110 runs scored, 5 RBIs, 122 OPS + and 6.2 bars, all while playing excellent defense in a very important position.

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The question with Lindor and the Mets, of course, is this: Will they sign him to a long-term extension? He’s set to become a free agent after the 2021 season, which is why Cleveland made him available in the first place. Mets fans will be upset if an agreement is not reached; One thing Cohen has a lot of is money, after all.

And while Carrasco will inevitably be overshadowed because Lindor is in the deal, you can bet the Mets are excited to have him on board, too. Carrasco, who turns 34 in March, had a 2.91 / 3.59 FIP ERA for Cleveland last year in a dozen starts and was one of the main reasons the club made the postseason. It’s a good arm to help complete a rotation headed by Jacob degree. He has a contract for $12 million each of the next two seasons, with a club option at $14 million by 2023 (with a purchase of $3 million).

Mets Grade: A

Cleveland gets SS Ahmed Rosario, SS Andrés Giménez, P Josh Wolf and OF Isaiah Greene

I need to know: Look, here’s the thing: everyone in baseball knew that Cleveland was going to trade Lindor at some point, be it during the offseason or during the season, which put Cleveland’s front office in a difficult position. However, it is also important to note that it was a position created by a group of homeowners who flatly refuse to spend the money necessary to maintain their elite talent.

It’s not that Cleveland couldn’t pay Lindor, it’s that the Dolan family refused to. With this deal, the payroll for 2021 has dropped to aroun$5050 million, which is incredibly small. The Red Sox were in a similar situation when they traded Mookie Betts, a superstar on the brink of free agency, last offseason, and the comeback they got wasn’t exactly stellar, either. Look at the impact Betts had on the Dodgers.

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Amed Rosario was the Mets’ starter at shortstop for the past three years and just turned 25. He’s still in development, but Rosario hadn’t become the player the Mets expected him to be, which is why they are moving him in the deal. Lindor. He has a .302 on-base percentage and a 91 OPS + in 403 games, and can also play second base. Giménez made his major league debut at age 21 in 2020, playing 49 games, stealing eight bases, posting a .333 on-base percentage and a 102 OPS +. He was a regular on the top 100 prospect lists in 201. , 2019 and 2020 (but dropped significantly from 2019 to 2020).

Wolf was the Mets’ second-round pick in 2019 and Greene was the club’s second-round pick in 2020. Wolf struck out 12 in his eight innings in the rookie league in 2019. They both have big advantages, of course, but With the minor leagues closed in 2020, none played real games against other opponents last year.

Cleveland Grade: C-

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