It’s only January 7th, but the Phillies haven’t done much this offseason. They brought in Dave Dombrowski to replace Matt Klentak and made a minor move for Jose Alvarado, but otherwise there’s very little chatter out there. The hot stove is ice cold. It’s one of those gas stoves that makes the annoying clicking noise when you try to light it.
The division rival Mets, meantime, went out and got four-time All Star short stop Francisco Lindor:
The Francisco Lindor-to-the-Mets trade is being finalized, sources tell ESPN. This is going to happen. The first mega-move of the Steve Cohen era gives the team its new face.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 7, 2021
Full details of the deal look to be this, cobbled together from various MLB insider reports:
- Mets get: Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco
- Cleveland baseball team gets: Andres Gimenez, Josh Wolf, Isaiah Greene
Lindor is an unrestricted free agent in 2022 but the belief seems to be that he’ll work out a long-term deal with the Mets. The Phillies, of course, traded for J.T. Realmuto and failed to extend him, so New York will look to avoid that same situation.
The 27 year old Lindor is coming off a Cleveland season in which his slugging was down, but he had a .335 on-base percentage and is two years removed from back-to-back Silver Slugger awards. He’s a two-time Gold Glove winner and made the All-Star game in four straight seasons.
Carrasco is 33 years old, and you may recall he was one of the guys the Phillies sent to Cleveland more than 10 years ago for Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco. He’s a capable pitcher when healthy, and overcame Leukemia in 2019 to earn AL Comeback Player of the Year honors. He pitched 68 innings this past season with a 2.91 ERA and will join a Mets rotation that includes Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, and Noah Syndergaard coming off Tommy John surgery.
There’s a lot of time left in this offseason, but it’s bothersome to look at the rest of the NL East. The Mets go out and trade for Lindor. The Braves sign Charlie Morton and Washington snags Josh Bell.
The Phillies meantime… ????
I don’t know.