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:
I know this trade seems to creating excitement but let’s get back to what matters - the black jerseys— Steven Cohen (@StevenACohen2) January 7, 2021
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.
- Ben Clemens breaks down the trade over at FanGraphs.
- Tom Verducci suggests that the trade shows Cohen really does want to put his money where his mouth is to bring a victory to the Mets.
- Buster Olney looks at 10 ways the trade will impact MLB.
- Mike Axisa looks at the winners and losers of the Mets/Cleveland trade.
- Meanwhile Dayn Perry is already over the shiny new toy and is dying to know what’s next for the Mets after this move.
- Stephanie Apstein takes a blanket look at the biggest trades of this offseason and asks “if owners don’t want their best players, what’s the point?”
- And Ben Lindbergh has an answer: teams are trading their stars because they value money more.
- Speaking of money... guess we can’t keep calling the Rays the cheapest team in baseball anymore.
Cleveland has the lowest projected payroll (est. $40M) in the game. Next lowest are the Pittsburgh Pirates (est. $47M) and Tampa Bay Rays (est. $57M).— Jason R.R. Martinez (@JasonRRMartinez) January 7, 2021
Only contract guarantees beyond 2021 are buyouts for Jose Ramirez and Roberto Perez.
- This is actually a post from December but it seems timely to revisit David Schoenfield’s piece on the biggest stars teams have traded away.
- For a little non-Lindor levity, Patrick Dubuque is still very confused who the target audience for the movie Ed is. (Baseball Prospectus Premium required.)
- Joe Posnanski’s just-missed-the-HoF series narrows in on Bash Bro Mark McGwire. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- And on an even nerdier note for those who love pitch mechanics, Alex Chamberlain takes a look at where vertical approach matters most.
- Someone call the burn unit for Derek Jeter...
Pretty crazy that Lindor’s already the best shortstop to ever play in New York City.— Jack Fritz (@JackFritzWIP) January 8, 2021
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.
(and welcome back, Josh!)