MLBTR Poll: Grading The Francisco Lindor Trade

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MLBTR Poll: Grading The Francisco Lindor Trade

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The Mets and Indians made perhaps the biggest trade of the offseason earlier this week. Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and right-hander Carlos Carrasco are now Mets. They represent the biggest pair of additions for a New York club that has been expected all offseason to pursue star-level talent. Lindor, of course, was seen as a near-lock to be moved all winter. The Indians seemingly never came close to working out an extension with the four-time All-Star. With Lindor one season removed from hitting free agency, it looked apparent Cleveland would trade him away. Carrasco was less obviously going to be moved this winter, but it wasn’t a huge surprise the Indians parted with him, either. Carrasco’s two-year, $27MM deal (with a 2023 option) marked the biggest guaranteed contract on Cleveland’s books. Lindor’s projected arbitration range ($17.5MM — $21.5MM) would’ve easily been the Indians’ largest 2021 expense. Each of Lindor and Carrasco remains a bargain at those rates relative to their on-field production. But Cleveland’s ownership has signaled a desire to cut payroll this winter; it wasn’t hard to foresee that coming via jettisoning the team’s highest-paid players. Cleveland’s estimated $40MM payroll, [url=https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/payroll/indians]per Roster Resource[/url], is now less than half the team’s 2020 season-opening outlay (prior to prorating). While finances were an obvious element of the trade, it wasn’t a mere salary dump. The Indians brought in four young players, two of whom are immediate big leaguers. [url=https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rosaram01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-]Amed Rosario[/url] is a former elite prospect who has been up and down over his first three-plus MLB seasons. [url=https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gimenan01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-]Andrés Giménez[/url] was a highly-regarded farmhand himself and had a decent if unspectacular rookie year. The pair of prospects, right-hander [url=https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=wolf--000jos&utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-]Josh Wolf[/url] and [url=https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=greene001isa]Isaiah Greene[/url], are recent high school draftees. They rank 25th and 28th, respectively, in the [url=https://blogs.fangraphs.com/top-48-prospects-cleveland-baseball-team/]Indians’ farm system[/url] at FanGraphs. Turning things over to the readership, how did each team fare in this week’s blockbuster? ([url=https://poll.fm/10710561]poll links[/url] for [url=https://poll.fm/10710563]app users[/url]) [url=http://polldaddy.com/poll/10710561]Take Our Poll[/url] (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src='https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/wp-content/plugins/polldaddy/js/polldaddy-shortcode.js';s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery !=='undefined')jQuery(d.body).trigger('pd-script-load');}(document,'script','pd-polldaddy-loader'));   [url=http://polldaddy.com/poll/10710563]Take Our Poll[/url] (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src='https://cdn.mlbtraderumors.com/wp-content/plugins/polldaddy/js/polldaddy-shortcode.js';s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery !=='undefined')jQuery(d.body).trigger('pd-script-load');}(document,'script','pd-polldaddy-loader'));  
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