Steve-O made a Big Apple splash last week with the Mets trade for Lindor from the Cleveland No-Names. Lindor joins a Metropolitans group that has created plenty of buzz throughout the offseason, with new owner Steve Cohen making it clear he is willing to spend the money to win.
The Mets trade for Lindor comes without an overwhelming amount of surprise, as the ownership in Cleveland has made it clear over the last 12 months that the 27-year-old Puerto Rican is not part of the long-term plans.
A career-.285 hitter, the switch-hitting shortstop has cemented himself among the league’s best over the last few seasons, though the 2020 campaign actually brought his worst batting average since entering the league in 2015.
While it is hard not to focus all your attention on Lindor as the headliner of this blockbuster trade, the Mets were also able to bring Carlos “Cookie” Carrasco over to Queens as part of the deal. Carrasco, a 33-year-old right-handed starter, has dominant stuff when healthy; however, many know that Leukemia has been a battle Carrasco has fought over the last couple seasons.
If he can remain healthy as the entire baseball community prays he will, here is a look at the potential of a fully healthy Mets rotation in 2021 and beyond:
- Jacob Degrom
- Noah Syndergaard
- Marcus Stroman
- Carlos Carrasco
- Doesn’t matter, they could win ⅘
Where Does this Leave the Mets?
Though the Braves remain the team to beat in the competitive NL East, the Mets in my opinion vault themselves into a huge Wild Card candidate and resident #2 in the division. The addition of now James McCann (Catch) and Lindor (SS) adds to a lineup that already features power threat/young core piece Pete Alonso. The Mets are a team that could make some serious noise in 2021, and I would expect this group to give Atlanta all they can handle throughout what is looking to be another exciting summer in Major League Baseball.