“Many players you watch and appreciate. Others you watch and smile. That smile is not just a function of appreciation, but also an empathetic reaction to how they play the game. I think Lindor is the kind of player that makes one smile.” – Sandy Alderson
The New York Mets today announced that they have acquired four-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and RHP Carlos Carrasco from Cleveland in exchange for infielder Amed Rosario, infielder Andrés Giménez, minor league RHP Josh Wolf and minor league outfielder Isaiah Greene.
Lindor, 27, is a four-time All-Star (2016–2019), a two-time Gold Glove Award winner (2016, 2019), including the American League Platinum Glove for the best overall defender in 2016 and a two-time Silver Slugger (2017, 2018).
The 5–11, 190-pounder ranks third in the majors with 258 extra-base hits since 2017. He ranks third in runs scored (359), fifth in hits (592), tied for 12th in homers (111) and 17th in stolen bases (68) during that span.
Lindor finished in the top 15 in the American League Most Valuable Player voting each year from 2016–2019. Since 2016, Lindor has a 47.6 UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating) according to FanGraphs, which is the third-highest rating among all players behind Mookie Betts and Andrelton Simmons.
Lindor has slashed .285/.346/.488 with 191 doubles, 138 homers, 411 RBI and 99 stolen bases in 777 games during his six-year career with Cleveland.
Carrasco, 33, led the American League with 18 wins in 2017. The 6–4, 224-pounder was diagnosed with leukemia in 2019. He returned to the field that same season becoming the AL Comeback Player of the Year. Carrasco also earned the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award in 2019 for his philanthropic efforts.
He was seventh in the AL with a 2.91 ERA over 12 starts in 2020 and was sixth with 82 strikeouts in 68.0 innings of work. Carrasco has also finished in the top 10 in ERA in 2017 (sixth — 3.29) and 2018 (eighth — 3.38) and in the top 10 in strikeouts in 2015 (fifth — 216), 2017 (fifth — 226) and 2018 (fourth — 231).
Since 2015, Carrasco is tied for 10th in the majors with 69 wins, 11th in strikeouts (1,001) and 15th in ERA (3.54 — minimum 800 innings).
Carrasco is 88–73 with a 3.77 ERA and 1,305 strikeouts in 242 games, 195 starts during his 11-year major league career with Cleveland.
Rosario, 25, hit .268 with 63 doubles, 32 homers and 148 RBI in 403 games with the Mets from 2017–2020.
Gimenez, 22, batted .263 with three doubles, three homers and 12 RBI in 49 games last year in his first year in the majors.
Wolf, 20, was selected by the Mets in the second-round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft and Greene, 19, was the 69th overall pick from the 2020 First-Year Player Draft.