Two years ago, on January 7, the Cleveland Guardians, then the Indians, swung an important deal with the New York Mets.
At the time, Cleveland was said to be strapped for money and forced into a position where they would have to trade star shortstop Francisco Lindor.
And so, the team traded both him and right-hander Carlos Carrasco to the Mets in exchange for Andres Gimenez, Amed Rosario, and two minor leaguers.
On Twitter, Starting 9, an affiliate of Barstool Sports, made a post about the trade and suggested that it may ultimately turn out to be a deal that benefits both sides.
Two years ago today: the Cleveland Guardians traded Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco to the New York Mets for Andrés Giménez, Amed Rosario, Josh Wolf, Isaiah Greene
One of the best Win-Win trades ever? @GottaBelievePod @BS_Cleveland pic.twitter.com/PPSbhwTou3
— Starting 9 (@Starting9) January 7, 2023
So far, the deal has worked out quite well for the Guardians.
Gimenez was an All-Star in 2022, posting a 7.4 WAR and hitting .297 with 17 home runs and 69 RBI.
Rosario also had a successful season in 2022, hitting .283 with 11 homers and 71 RBI.
Rosario also provided some solid defense for the Guardians.
In terms of how the deal has worked out for the Mets, you could make the argument that it has worked out quite well.
While Lindor’s average dipped to .230 in 2021, he returned to form in 2022, hitting .270 with 26 homers and 107 RBI.
He also had an OPS of .788.
Carrasco too, has been a solid pickup for the Mets.
Last season, the 35-year-old won 15 games and had an ERA of 3.97 in 29 starts and 152 innings of work, striking out 152 batters in the process and posting a 1.33 WHIP.
This trade has been a pretty balanced deal for both the Mets and Guardians, and both teams have clearly benefitted from it.
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