2) Best Mets trade since Steve Cohen took over: Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco from Cleveland
Why isn’t this the best Mets trade since Cohen arrived? You are wise enough to already know the answer. It’s because Francisco Lindor didn’t have a very good 2021 season and Carlos Carrasco was even worse. As superb as Lindor has been in 2022 and far more trusted Carrasco has been, there are other factors at play which push this to number two.
Technically, Lindor could almost be categorized as a great signing. It’s too early to really rank him. He would have been a free agent after the 2021 season if not for his massive extension. However, because he was already on the Mets roster, retaining him was far more possible. Categorize that whichever way you want.
Adding Lindor and Carrasco to the Mets was important. Still, we can’t give this the gold medal of Mets trades because of what the Cleveland Guardians got out of the deal.
Amed Rosario has been very good for them this year. Even more so, Andres Gimenez was an All-Star and looks like he could grow into one of the best infielders in the game. For a trade to be an absolute win, there needs to be little doubt about what you received or gave up. This deal has a little bit of both.