Cleveland Indians trading Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco to New York Mets

Both Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco’s time with the Cleveland Indians is coming to an end and that they will both become New York Mets.

After months of speculation, the Cleveland Indians pulled the trigger on a trade that will end shortstop Francisco Lindor and right-handed-pitcher Carols Carrasco‘s time in Cleveland.

Jeff Passan of ESPN and MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand report that a trade between the Indians and New York Mets that will send Lindor and Carrasco to the Big Apple is being completed. The deal was confirmed by both teams shortly after the reports.

In return, the Indians will be receiving shortstop Amed Rosario, infielder Andres Gimenez, right-outfielder Isaiah Greene and right-handed pitcher Josh Wolf.

Rosario has been the Mets starting shortstop since 2018. In 2020 he slashed .252/.272/.371 with four home runs and 15 RBI’s. In the full-season of 2019, he played in 157 games in which he slashed .287/.323/.432 with 15 home runs and 72 RBI’s.

Gimenez was one of the Mets’ top prospects before playing in 49 big league games last season in which he slashed .263/.333/.398 with three home runs and 12 RBI’s. He has the ability to play third base, shortstop and second base.

Greene is the Mets 10th ranked prospect per MLB Pipeline. The 19-year-old was drafted by New York with the 69th overall selection in the 2020 Draft and has an MLB ETA of 2024 per Pipeline.

Finally, Wolf is the Mets ninth-ranked prospect who the team selected with the 53rd overall pick in the 2019 Draft. The 20-year-old posted a 3.38 ERA in five starts in Rookie Ball in 2019 but did not pitch in 2020 due to the cancellation of the MILB season.

With Lindor and Carrasco gone, the Indians are expected to shed $44 million off their payroll, but their 2021 playoff hopes have taken a major hit.