Indians Trade Stars Lindor, Carrasco to Mets

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Francisco Lindor is moving to a new city and team that is willing to meet his salary demands.

The four-time Cleveland All-Star shortstop, one of baseball's best all-around players was traded Thursday by the Indians along with pitcher Carlos Carrasco to the New York Mets, who have a new owner willing to spend at baseball's highest levels.

The cash-strapped Indians sent Lindor and Carrasco to the Mets for infielders Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario, right-hander Josh Wolf and outfielder Isaiah Greene.

Cleveland hopes the move will keep it competitive and capable of ending baseball's longest World Series title drought.

Dealing Lindor, who is eligible for free agency after the 2021 season, was inevitable for the Indians, who are unable to compete financially with MLB's big spenders and dropped roughly $30 million in dealing two prominent players and fan favourites.

For the Mets, landing Lindor is a home run and another major move by hedge fund owner Steven Cohen, who bought the team on Nov. 6 from the Wilpon and Katz families and has pledged to increase spending.

 

with files from Associated Press