Cleveland Indians: Get to know the players from the Francisco Lindor trade

Cleveland Indians infielder Andres Gimenez (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Indians, Francisco Lindor trade, Amed Rosario
Cleveland Indians infielder Amed Rosario (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

Amed Rosario

As mentioned on the previous slide, Amed Rosario is the oldest player coming to the Cleveland Indians in the Francisco Lindor trade at just 25-years old. He also brings more than three years of major league experience, including a total of 403 games played, including 387 at shortstop.

Rosario has been a steady fielder for the Mets with a fielding percentage of .969, but he posted his best season at the position in 2020 with a mark of .981. As for at the plate, he’s been middle of the road there as well. During the 2020 season he slashed .252/.272/.371 over the course of 46 games. Those numbers have pretty much been on par with his career stats as well, being just a tad lower.

There are a few positives to Rosario. For one, he has MLB experience and will provide the needed bridge until prospects like Tyler Freeman and Gabrial Arias are ready to make their debut. The second positive is he has speed potential. While he didn’t steal a base in 2020, he did snag 24 in 2019. The downside, he led baseball in caught stealing at 10. The final positive is of course money.

Rosario will join the Cleveland Indians with three years of club control. His final season of arbitration will be 2023 before becoming a free agent in 2024, so he will likely be a cheap contract on the books for multiple seasons.