But a certain high-profile free agent also reacted. And put out a YouTube video about it.
Trevor Bauer was quick to react to the news of the blockbuster trade, and it make sense considering he’s not only been doing this all offseason as MLB fans await what team he chooses in free agency, but he was also teammates of both players during his time in Cleveland.
So, while experts debate about the impact that both players will make in Flushing, Bauer decided to use his platform to talk about the type of people Lindor and Carrasco are going to be in the Mets clubhouse. No, he didn’t discuss the probability of signing with the Mets now that these guys will be in the blue and orange next season, but his perspective on their character traits should bode well for New York and the culture they want to have in the locker room.
Starting with Lindor, Bauer noted how he immediately wanted to learn when he came up as a rookie within the organization. They were both selected in the same draft in 2011, and though Bauer was in the bigs before the shortstop, it wasn’t long before he was already making his impact.
But even through success, Lindor wanted to get better and continue striving for more. Bauer says Michael Brantley was a big part in not only helping Lindor out with his game on the field, but more importantly, how he developed off it.
“Brant kinda took him under his wing and showed him what Brant knew and Brant’s great like that,” Bauer explained.
“I think Lindor learned a lot of leadership techniques on the kinda behind-the-scenes side from Brant. Brant did a lot of stuff. He wasn’t super vocal in the clubhouse, but he would pull guys aside behind the scenes. He did a lot in the background and Lindor learned that style of leadership from him in that way.”
There was a time, though, when Lindor was very vocal with Bauer after a certain play in the 2019 campaign. Some might remember when Bauer had a bad outing against the Royals and upon Terry Francona walking out of the dugout to pull him from the game, he launched the ball he was holding over the center field fence.
It was a bad look for Bauer and Francona was pissed. But Lindor was also at shortstop when he threw that ball, and he had something to say to Bauer after the game.
“So I get in the clubhouse,” Bauer starts his story. “I’m obviously in the clubhouse in the fifth inning or whenever it happens. So I’m sitting there, I feel terrible about what I did, I let my teammates down and all that. Lindor comes in and I’m waiting there at the entrance saying, ‘Hey, I want to talk to everyone in the clubhouse. Can you wait a second in the clubhouse so I can say something to the team?’ And he absolutely blew me up. He didn’t do it on the field, he didn’t do it in the dugout. He waited until the clubhouse and he sat there and pretty much in front of everybody – we must’ve been 15 feet from the opening of the clubhouse. Everyone could definitely hear what he was saying and he just blew me up, which I deserved. He yelled at me, he told me it’s unacceptable, it was selfish and all these different things.”
That moment told Bauer all he needed to know about Lindor: he was a natural leader and knew when he needed to step in a such a young age. He’s two years younger than him, too.
As for Carrasco, Bauer said the veteran righty is “one of the most fun-loving people I’ve ever met.” There’s only good vibes around when Carrasco enters the clubhouse.
Even when he found out he was diagnosed with leukemia.
“He’s just such a joy to be around. All the moments I’ve had with Carlos just in the clubhouse. I remember even on the day that he found out he had cancer, you would’ve never known that,” Bauer said.
“He was in the training room that day, he was in the dugout that day. You never would’ve known anything was different because he just brings that type of energy to the field every single day.”
It’s an amazing story of how Carrasco battled his disease, beat it, and kept his baseball career going. If that doesn’t make players look up to him for that perseverance, Bauer said the Mets will certainly love his personality on an everyday basis.
“I can’t think of a negative interaction I’ve ever seen Carlos have with anybody. Jut a really humble, fantastic moment.”
Don’t let that get in the way of the fact that he is uber competitive, especially when the postseason rolls around.
“You want him pitching in the postseason. He handles the big moment well, he’s got great stuff obviously. But he’s an intense competitor as well and he cares,” said Bauer.
As Sandy Alderson and Jared Porter said today, Lindor and Carrasco are two assets they couldn’t be happier to have acquired with this trade. And Bauer, who could very well be their teammate once again, thinks the move was as good as they come.
“Man, it’s an exciting time to be a Met fan. I feel like I’ve said that a lot this offseason.”