It was a trade. But it was also free agency.
The Mets acquired Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco from the Indians in exchange for four players. But he also bought them.
Cleveland’s renowned baseball operations division investigated what they could get for Lindor, Carrasco and for the doubles together. Ultimately, Job One, due to a 2021 budget provided by the ownership, had to escape as much as $ 47 million or so – possibly $ 33 million or as much for 2021 – as possible. And, within that, buy as many young (inexpensive) talent as possible.
So Cleveland decided to keep Lindor and Carrasco together and accept a diminishing return to talent from the Mets. The Indians’ expectation was that with so many free agents and trade prospects in this slow-moving market, they would be able to spend a portion of what they saved, and they would pursue opportunities to strengthen the roster. Want to do Stay competitive in meh AL Central.
Primarily, however, he had to run out of money.
Thus, the move of Steve Cohen and the first giant player to the Sandy Alderson regime has parallels with the first substantial transaction of Brody van Wegen’s rule.
It was also a win for free agency as a trade. The Mariners were willing to engage Edwin Diaz in a trade to make Robinson Cano disappear, as the Indians were certainly prepared to reduce the value of Lindor, who still owes $ 27 million to Carsco.
Problem: The Mets held far more financial obligations in the canoe than Carosco, while Diaz got fewer pieces than Lindor and also left a far more desirable trade chip in Jarred Kellenic than Andrade Gimenez.
Kellenic still has to reach large companies and succeed. For now, the Mets’ biggest sin with him was trading him less than a year after being drafted and as such, not realizing that kind of value with only a full minor league season. .
The big baseball offense was trading an asset, which was essentially a desperate salary dump by the Mariners with the skills to upset the Mets. In reviews of the Lindor trade by outside officials (all of whom saw it as a win for the Mets), they all cited that no Mets had surrendered, even if they all praised for Guinness Were. Again, let’s allow some time with that one. I am a huge fan of players with talent, although young, both show a high baseball intelligence and honesty of effort. Gimenez checks those boxes.
In addition, it should be noted two prospects in the trade – Isaiah Green and Josh Wolf – were second-round drafts in Van Vagenen’s tenure and were traded by Alderson. Kellinic and Dunn were first-rounders of Alderson’s first term, traded by Van Vagenen. The Mets have drafted well over the years, and if Van Vagenen was praised for his era, it was that he handled the draft well in his two attempts. Still, Green and Wolf’s review is that they are years away and, at best, lottery ticket prospects – although again, time will be the best arbiter.
The canoe was a much more distressed piece than Karsko. When it comes to these types of players, think about how much they will receive in free agency if they are available. In 2018 Cano was suspended for 80 games for testing positive to increase restricted performance. He was going into his age-36 season in 2019. If he had been a free agent after the 2018 season, he would have received, what? A two-year contract for $ 20 million, perhaps not even so. Maybe a year.
Cano had five years at $ 120 million, and even after eating $ 20 million with the Mariners and taking on Jay Bruce and Anthony Svarczak, the Mets still owe five years at $ 63.5 million. To gain access to Diaz, it was too much to absorb that money and leave Kellenic. I can’t guess what the Mets did for Cano for the acquisition of Dio by another team.
Carrasco has two years at $ 27 million, assuming his 2023 option has not been raised. He is a leukemia survivor entering his age-34 season, but starting at 2.91 ERA in 12 starts. Could he match Mike Minor’s two-year, $ 18 million in this cheap market? Carrasco has a great reputation as an individual and teammate, and while he is aggressive with his fastball, his secondary baggage – namely his changeup and slider – still make him a strong starter. He is closer to a two-year value of $ 27 million compared to a canoe that was $ 63.5 million in five years. very close.
The Mets’ percentage was 4 before Van Vagenen took over in 2017 and .433 last year before Cohen bought the club. Both administrations entered and believed the previous club had diminished his talent and this amendment would make him an immediate winner.
Van Vagenen therefore sidelined the best catchers on the market (JT Realmuto in a trade and Yasmani Grandal in free agency), worried that Grandal’s opportunities to wait outside free agency would cost elsewhere and instead Wilson Ramos will be signed. He also signed a reliever, Jeurys Familia. His first blockbuster was a free-agency move as a trade for Diaz / Cano.
By now Cohen / Alderson Mets had sidelined the best catcher in the market (Realmuto in free agency), waiting for Realmuto to wait outside free agency to get more opportunities and instead sign James McCain Have to do. He also signed a reliever from Trevor May. He then won the free-agency move as a trade for Lindor / Carrasco.
The Van Wagenen mistake was that a team should never offer large sums or big assets (both used Mets) to a reliever, unless it is positive it is a contender. Because to be close with very few wins is like having a beautiful terrace at an outhouse.
Shortstops like Lindor help out daily, though any Mets fan would sign up for him to produce the .316 / -352 / / 544 slash line next year – which, by the way, was Cano’s last season. Of course, Cain was retooled to be a paid cheat. Lindor’s salary would be either $ 20 million or the Mets saving with a canoe withholding his 2021 salary. However, Cano still owes $ 40 million for 2022–23 after his suspension for two years.
So this may be the biggest difference between those mets and these mets. Those Mets, under Wilts, split off from taking one last stab at competitive relevance with the owners, perhaps knowing they were going to sell. Cohen is now in for the long haul with the deepest pocket in the game. He can handle Canoe’s salary and possible extensions for Lindor. Cohen has the cash to navigate unsuccessful free agency as his predecessor tries to trade himself.