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Mets Morning News: Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco are the newest Mets

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“This is the way the Mets are supposed to act,” wrote Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic in the aftermath of the blockbuster trade between the Mets and Cleveland that brought Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco to New York in exchange for Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez and prospects Josh Wolf and Isiah Greene. It is indicative that the Mets can be the “big-market bully” one would expect of a New York team.

On the flip side, the trade, which “looks even more lopsided than the Mookie Betts deal” brings an end to an era in Cleveland, as they complete the teardown of their roster, writes Michael Baumann of The Ringer.

Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com breaks down why this trade of Francisco Lindor was “inevitable.”

Sandy Alderson said yesterday that the Mets intend to approach Lindor about an extension “in the next few weeks,” but says there is “no guarantee” anything gets done. Lindor will be a free agent after the 2021 season unless an agreement is reached. There is every indication that the Mets made the trade with an extension in mind.

SNY explores what a Lindor extension could look like.

Ken Davidoff of the Post takes a look at the Mets’ payroll situation, now that they have taken on Lindor and Carrasco’s salaries. Andy Martino of SNY reports that the Mets would now need to shed payroll to sign George Springer, who is reportedly seeking a $175 million contract, according to latest reporting.

Buster Olney of ESPN tweeted a clip of the E:60 the network did on Francisco Lindor last summer.

While Mets fans are celebrating, Cleveland fans are in mourning over the departure of two beloved players from their franchise. “Carlos Carrasco deserved better,” writes Blake Ruane over at Let’s Go Tribe.

Amed Rosario, a Met since he was 16 years old, wrote a heartfelt goodbye message to Mets fans on Instagram.

“I look for him to take a step forward,” said James McCann about Steven Matz. The Mets’ new catcher already trains with both Matz and Brad Brach so his familiarity with them is helpful as he gets to know the pitching staff.

The Mets still will not say whether Seth Lugo will begin the season in the bullpen or the rotation. “You could say he’s more a bullpen piece because of what we’ve added in the starting rotation. And conversely you could say that he’s more of a starting pitching piece because of the depth we’ve added in the bullpen,” said Alderson cryptically during yesterday’s Lindor/Carrasco trade press conference.

Around the National League East

The Mets’ trade for Francisco Lindor may force the Nationals to accelerate extension talks with their own star shortstop, Trea Turner, writes Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington.

Talking Chop also wonders how the Braves will respond to the Mets’ acquisition of Lindor, especially given reports that they are unlikely to meet George Springer’s asking price.

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia joins the chorus, writing that the Mets’ Lindor/Carrasco trade “ramps up the pressure” on the Phillies.

Talking Chop continues to run down their list of the Braves’ Top 30 prospects.

Around Major League Baseball

While the Padres tried to work until the eleventh hour to reach an agreement with Japanese star Tomoyuki Sugano, he did not reach an agreement with any MLB club before his posting deadline, meaning he will return to NPB.

The Yankees, who remain committed to resigning DJ LeMahieu, reportedly checked in with Cleveland about Lindor “as a backup plan.”

The Yankees did make a move, though. They signed Jhoulys Chacin to a minor league deal.

Pitching legend Tommy John has been hospitalized with COVID-19.

The White Sox are among the teams interested in Brad Hand. The Mets had also shown interest in the closer.

The Brewers have signed utility player Pablo Reyes to a minor league contract. A PED suspension caused him to miss the entire 2020 season.

Former Met Paul Sewald has signed a minor league contract with the Mariners. The Mariners also signed Jantzen Witte and Roenis Elías to minor league deals.

Oliver Perez turns 40 this coming season, but posted a 2.67 ERA last season and his career still has no end in sight, says Scott Boras.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

We gave you full coverage of the Mets’ blockbuster trade with Cleveland that brought Lindor and Carrasco to Queens. Vasilis Drimalitis covered the news of the trade, as well as reactions to it around baseball, and Brian Salvatore gave us highlights from Sandy Alderson and Jared Porter’s press conference following the trade.

This Date in Mets History

Another star player the Mets traded for—Gary Carter—was elected to the Hall of Fame on this date in 2003.