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Outside The Confines: Francisco Lindor has found a new home

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Start spreading the news, because Lindor is headed to New York.

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It has been a foregone conclusion this offseason that the Cleveland Baseball Team wanted to move its superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor. The question was not if but rather where. On Thursday afternoon, the question was finally answered.

Making good on his promise to get Mets fans something nice from the store, team owner Steve Cohen ponied up for not just Lindor but also Carlos Carrasco. Carrasco — affectionately known as “Cookie” — is a recent cancer survivor who has been with Cleveland for his entire 11 season career, which is notable because it means he has 5-and-10 refusal rights but opted not to decline his trade. Last season he posted a 2.91 ERA over 12 games.

Lindor, of course, was the big fish in the deal. In his six-year career he has been a four-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove winner, one-time Platinum Glove winner, and two-time Silver Slugger. At 27, he still has plenty of room to grow, and it’s clear the Mets think he can help get them closer to a championship faster.

In the deal, the Mets gave up INF Andrés Giménez, INF Amed Rosario, OF Isaiah Greene and RHP Josh Wolf to Cleveland.

Steve Cohen wrapped up the deal with this tweet:

Before we jump into today’s links, allow me a brief bit of exciting news. Back when we were MLB Bullets most long time BCB readers will surely remember the wonderful Josh Timmers (he has only been gone a few months, so certainly most of you remember him and his work here fondly).

Well good news, as you might have seen earlier this week, Josh will be returning to the fold, and to OTC as well. This doesn’t mean you’re rid of me entirely. Josh and I will be alternating posts, so you’ll get his style and mine (and possibly a few overlapping shared links if we both find something exceedingly interesting.)

I hope you’ll take a minute below to welcome Josh back. We’re so excited to have his voice at BCB again.

Now, onto the links which are, admittedly, all about the Lindor trade.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.

(and welcome back, Josh!)