The New York Mets have acquired star shortstop Francisco Lindor and right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco in a blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Indians.
In return, Cleveland received shortstop Ames Rosario and Andres Jimenez, and two minor-league prospects – right-handed Josh Wolf and outfielder Isaiah Green.
The trade is the Mets’ first major move since owner Steve Cohen completed his purchase of the franchise last year.
The Indians save significant 2021 payrolls in partnership with Lindor ($ 19.5 million) and Carrasco ($ 12 million).
According to ESPN Stats and Information, since his MLB debut in 2015, Lindor ranks among all shortstops in WAR (28.4), home runs (138) and extra-base hits.
He is second in RBI (411) and runs (508), and fifth in OPS (.835) and at bat (-485), 285. At the age of 27, Lindor has earned four All-Star nods, two Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers with a World Series appearance in 2016 and finished second in AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2015.
Carrasco, 33, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2019 and returned in the same season, becoming the AL Comeback Player of the Year. He was seventh in the AL. He was sixth in the 68th innings with 82 strikes in 12 overs with a 2.91 ERA in 12 overs.
Carresco has 88-73 with a 3.77 ERA and 1,305 strikeouts in 242 games during his 11-year career with Cleveland.
Rosario, 25, has .268 with 32 homers and 148 RBIs in 403 games with the Mets from 2017 to ’20.
The 22-year-old Jimenez batted .263 in 49 games last year with three homers and 12 RBIs.