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The New York Mets made their first bold offseason splash since owner Steve Cohen took control of the team in November, acquiring star shortstop Francisco Lindor and veteran starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco from the Cleveland Indians for young infielders Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario along with two prospects.
Who won the deal? How do the Mets stack up with the rest of the National League’s best after adding Lindor? And where does Cleveland go from here? ESPN MLB experts Alden Gonzalez, Kiley McDaniel and Jesse Rogers answer those questions and more.
Grade this deal for the Mets
Rogers: A. You have to ask? It’s a home run, in large part because there’s an immediate assumption Lindor will sign a long-term contract in New York before he is scheduled to hit free agency after next season. That’s why sending back a couple of middle infielders to Cleveland was an easy decision for the Mets. They’re no longer needed. And don’t discount the inclusion of Carlos Carrasco in the deal. He fits right into a contending rotation.
If Lindor doesn’t stick around, the deal gets downgraded to a C-plus, but overall this gives