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Mets Make Themselves Real World Series Contenders With Francisco Lindor And Carlos Carrasco

In case you were skeptical this was indeed a new era of New York Mets baseball, the Mets just acquired Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco from the Cleveland Indians. With that, the Mets added a top five player in the game at short, and they added a top of the rotation caliber pitcher to pair with Jacob deGrom and Marcus Stroman.

When you add these players to a core with Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, James McCann, Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, and Dominic Smith. Whether or not the Mets add another starter, bullpen arm, third baseman, or center fielder, the Mets already have the pieces in place to be a true World Series contender.

Just think about it for a moment. Assuming Noah Syndergaard returns this season, this is currently the Mets rotation:

  1. Jacob deGrom
  2. Noah Syndergaard
  3. Marcus Stroman
  4. Carlos Carrasco
  5. Steven Matz/David Peterson

Even if the Mets don’t go out there and sign a George Springer or add a third baseman, this is what the Mets lineup could look like during the course of the 2021 season:

  1. Brandon Nimmo, CF
  2. Michael Conforto, RF
  3. Pete Alonso, 1B
  4. Dominic Smith, LF
  5. Francisco Lindor, SS
  6. Jeff McNeil, 3B
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Luis Guillorme 2B

Sure, this Mets team could definitively stand to get better defensively in the outfield. That said, that infield defensive alignment is quite good, especially up the middle, and that lineup is as strong and deep as they come. This is a team who can go toe-to-toe with the defending division champion Atlanta Braves and the reigning World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Right now, this is a great baseball team.

What’s even better is the Mets are not done with their offseason. They are still going to add more pieces. That could include Springer, and it could be a reliever like Brad Hand. There are are likely going to be depth pieces added beyond this group. When all is said and done, the Mets with Steve Cohen, Sandy Alderson, and Jared Porter have already done and will continue to do what Jeff Wilpon and Brodie Van Wagenen could never even dream of doing.

Today is a great day in Mets history. Today is just like the day the Mets acquired Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter, and Mike Piazza. The Mets got a future Hall of Famer in his prime, and they completely changed the trajectory of the franchise both this year and in the years to come.

Lets Go Mets!

2 thoughts on “Mets Make Themselves Real World Series Contenders With Francisco Lindor And Carlos Carrasco”

  1. TheGhostofKelenic says:

    Call the police. The Mets just robbed the Indians. I’m especially glad the Mets hung on to Matthew Allen in this deal. Compare Jared Porter’s first deal to Brodie’s first deal and you’ll see why hiring an agent as your GM was never a good idea.

  2. Mike.BTB says:

    It makes me wish more so now than ever they had signed Zack Wheeler. Otherwise, I’m feeling no pain over the cost of this transaction. Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez is a reasonable and fair return for Lindor. Cleveland may have solidified shortstop with yet another all-star player; time will tell. Carrasco is a non-factor; I take a gamble on Josh Wolf if I’m the Indians as well. Speaking of cost, Lindor this season will make Cano’s money. With all the potential free agent shortstops coming available after this season, the Mets might wait and let the market set a price. Wondering how much Cano’s (potential) return next season influences front office thinking. Happy day!

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