When Mets owner Steve Cohen bought the team late last year he vowed to spare no expense in order to make his new team a contender, and quickly. On Thursday he made his first splash, trading for All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco.
Lindor and Carrasco come over from the Cleveland Indians in the deal. The Mets send Amed Rosario, Andrés Giménez along with prospects Josh Wolf and Isaiah Greene to the Indians.
Lindor, who just turned 27 this past November, is one of the best shortstops in baseball. He’s a career .285 hitter with speed, power and great fielding ability. He did everything for the Indians, and now he’s taking that to Queens this season and beyond.
Before the trade was announced, the Mets could be backed at +3000 to win the World Series, odds that implied a 3.2% shot at a title. Now, following the deal, the Mets are down to +1400, odds which imply a 6.7% chance they win it all.
Los Angeles Dodgers +450
New York Yankees +600
Atlanta Braves +1100
Sandiego Padres +1300
New York Mets +1400