Carlos Carasco would be the headliner in most deals, but along with Francisco Lindor, he was just the other man Cleveland handed out to the Mets on Thursday.
The right-wing veteran decided the need for rotation for the Mets, joining Jacob deGrom and Marcus Stroman to give the team a solid 1-2-3 shot. David Peterson, Seth Lugo and Stephen Matz are the other current opportunities to fill this rotation. The Mets are also hoping Noah Sindergaard will return from Tommy John’s surgery clinic in June.
Last season, the 33-year-old Carasco went 3-4 with a 2.91 ERA for Cleveland. He has signed for the next two seasons, with a club option for 2023.
Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia in 201
“This man is a very impressive human being,” said a National League team’s talent evaluator. “He was the best prospect for Phyllis and they were extremely patient with him and he got to Double-A and then he started fighting and they stayed patient with him. And the Indians were the ones who took advantage of this. There was a lot of pressure on him because Phyllis had a chance to fulfill this invoice number 1 and it didn’t happen to them. “
Carasco, nicknamed “Cookie”, grew up in Venezuela. He became a US citizen in 2016.
“He’s a real professional, he’s grown a lot and it’s fun to watch him from the age of 18 to his current position,” said the talent evaluator. “It’s a real success story and I think the Mets are getting a really solid person here.”
Mets general manager Jared Porter said he was still seeking further help. The Bears have shown interest, especially in free agent Jake Odorici, and they plan to attend Corey Kluber’s upcoming session. But the addition of Carrasco reduces the pressure on the Mets to add another mid-spin option. Trevor Bauer is the best free agent starter on the market, but the possibility of him landing with the Mets seems less likely than when the offseason began.
According to team president Sandy Alderson, Carasco was not discussed in the initial trade talks with Cleveland, which began in November. But gradually the Mets’ need for a starter boosted the trading package.
In the deal, the Mets handed over Andres Gimenez, Amed Rosario and prospects Isaiah Greene and Josh Wolf. The Mets’ main focus in the deal was Lindor.
“He’s at the top of most people’s shortlists – including mine,” said the talent evaluator.