New York Mets fans were already over the moon when new billionaire owner Steve Cohen took over in October 2020. Three months later, in January of 2021, the biggest wave under his new reign occurred when the team traded longtime, homegrown Met middle infielders, Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez, and prospects, pitcher Josh Wolf and outfielder Isaiah Greene for perennial MVP candidate, shortstop Francisco Lindor and a career 3.77 ERA pitcher, Carlos “Cookie” Carrasco.
Immediately everybody was considering the trade a huge win for the Mets. The biggest pieces the Mets had given up were immediately replaced by a top-caliber player of the same position in Francisco Lindor. Furthermore, the Mets were now being considered to have one of the top starting pitching rotations in baseball with the addition of Carlos Carrasco.
The biggest question mark of the trade from the Mets perspective was whether Lindor would resign to be with the team past his then-current contract through the 2021 season. That was settled when Cohen offered him a 10-year deal to keep him with the team through the 2031 season, paying him a cheeky $1 million more than Fernando Tatis’s $340 million dollar contract.
This season, the New York Mets have held onto first place for months now with no sign of losing their spot atop the NL East.
Meanwhile, the Indians are fighting to stay above .500 and are seeing the Chicago White Sox run away with the AL Central.
With all that being said, and as we now approach the 2021 trade deadline, let’s check in on each new New York Mets and Cleveland Indians player and see how each has fared in the relatively short term.