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Mets Morning News: Mets make smaller acquisitions in wake of bombshell Lindor/Carrasco trade

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Meet the Mets

A day after making one of the most exciting trades in franchise history, the Mets made a couple of smaller acquisitions, signing infielder Brandon Drury to a minor league deal and claiming left-handed reliever Stephen Tarpley off waivers from the Marlins.

While Francisco Lindor was the big acquisition of the week, nobody should underestimate the significance of adding Carlos Carrasco to the rotation.

Fans aren’t the only ones excited by the recent trade, as a number of Mets players - including Pete Alonso - have expressed excitement at the team’s potential following the blockbuster deal.

Above all else, the trade this week gave fans a reason to believe that the team is truly entering a new era.

While the Amazins have certainly made some noteworthy moves under the direction of Steve Cohen, he will soon have to prove just how much he is willing to spend on the team’s payroll.

The Mets may not be done exploring trades for impact players, as the club has reportedly had conversations with the Cubs about third baseman Kris Bryant.

In the wake of the Carrasco addition, Jared Porter claimed to be “comfortable but not satisfied” in the state of the Mets’ rotation.

While Seth Lugo could conceivably be a part of that rotation, it seems more likely at this juncture that he will be re-joining the team’s bullpen.

Porter also expressed measured optimism over the possibility of Brandon Nimmo playing in center field next season, and claimed the lefty hitter would be a key part of the team’s lineup either way.

The new GM also pushed back against the notion that the team would be firmly against raising their payroll above the luxury tax threshold.

Around the National League East

The Good Phight opined that the Phillies can and should be making the same kind of big moves that the Mets are making.

Our Philadelphia SB Nation sister site also insisted that the team could still compete with the Mets if they make the right moves moving forward.

Federal Baseball, meanwhile, considered the possibility that the Nationals’ window for contention might be on the verge of officially closing.

One thing that Washington could use is another bullpen addition or two.

Around Major League Baseball

Gerrit Cole and Max Scherzer are apparently two of many high-profile pitchers who utilized the ball-doctoring substances that former Angels clubhouse attendant Brian Harkins provided.

The Dodgers announced the passing of 93-year-old Tommy Lasorda, who managed the team for two decades and led them to a World Series title in 1988.

The Athletic’s Eno Sarris ranked the best rotations in baseball as things currently stand.

MLB.com listed one prospect for each major league team that has the potential to break out in 2021.

In case you thought the Mookie Betts’s life couldn’t get any better after scoring a $365 million contract and winning a World Series title last year, the Dodgers star has now announced his engagement to his girlfriend of fifteen years.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane and Brian Salvatore discussed the Francisco Lindor/Carlos Carrasco trade on the latest episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show).

We provided introductions of the newest Mets, with David Capobianco looking at Carrasco’s career arc and Grace Carbone exploring Lindor’s background.

Allison McCague contemplated the state of the starting rotation with Carrasco now in the fold.

Steve Sypa gave some information on Mets prospects who just missed the list of Amazin’ Avenue’s top 25 Mets prospects, but who still deserve some consideration.

This Date in Mets History

Carlos Beltran agreed to become a New York Met on this date in 2005.