Cleveland Indians Trade Star Francisco Lindor to New York Mets

Francisco Lindor with Indians in May 2018. Photo by Trask Smith/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

After billionaire Steven Cohen bought the New York Mets late last year, the team was poised to make a big splash this year.

And that’s just what they did, putting together a six-player trade with the Cleveland Indians to acquire superstar and franchise icon Francisco Lindor.

In the trade, the Mets will be getting the superstar shortstop and pitcher Carlos Carrasco while the Indians will get two young shortstops, Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario, outfielder Isaiah Greene, and pitcher Josh Wolf.

At face value, it appears that the Mets have easily won this trade. They get one of the best shortstops in the game and a solid pitcher for six fairly unproven players. They upgraded their roster significantly and didn’t lose any of their best prospects either. It’s hard to see anything negative about this trade from New York’s point of view.

Not only did the Cleveland Indians lose in this trade, but so did the entire fanbase. Lindor was one of the city’s most celebrated athletes for years. Pitcher Carrasco was also a very popular player who dedicated himself to making a positive impact in the community off the field as well.

Lidor should also be happy with the trade. He no longer has to worry about trade rumors and can focus on baseball again, playing for a team that finally has the money to make big moves and perhaps contend for a World Series in the near future.