The Francisco Lindor trade with Cleveland prior to the 2021 season has its pros and cons. The cons include how well Andres Gimenez has turned out, the struggles Lindor and Carlos Carrasco endured in 2021, and how the New York Mets may have simply been able to sign Lindor for less money in free agency.
What nobody really talks about from this trade are the two prospects the Mets gave up. Outfielder Isaiah Greene and pitcher Josh Wolf also went to Cleveland in the deal along with Gimenez and Amed Rosario.
On the two-year anniversary of the deal, let’s check in on how they’ve been doing.
Taking a look at the former Mets prospects dealt in the Francisco Lindor trade
Let’s start with Wolf who after one successful yet brief year in the minors for the Mets has not done much in the low levels of minor league baseball with Cleveland. Wolf is now 22 and 99.1 professional innings into his career. He posted a 5.35 ERA in 2021 and a 5.61 ERA in 2022.
Wolf has been especially wild since the trade. He walked batters at a rate of 4.7 per 9 in 2021 and increased it to 7.4 per 9 last year. It isn’t looking promising.
Greene, 21, never actually played for any Mets minor league team because he was drafted in 2020. He was successful in 2021, batting .290/.421/.368 in 191 Rookie League plate appearances. Last year, his bat went mostly silent. In 476 plate appearances in Single-A, Greene was a .226/.393/.340 hitter.
There are some standout numbers Greene has posted. His 97 walks are tremendous. Added to his 39 stolen bases in 43 attempts, he could be a future journeyman outfielder with speed to offer. Could he be the future Terrance Gore? Probably not quite.
Both teams involved in this blockbuster deal benefited from the swap at the major league level. Unless something does change, it seems as if Cleveland’s rewards won’t go beyond the present.