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McAdam: Comparing the prospect hauls for Mookie Betts and Francisco Lindor

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In baseball, no two trades are exactly alike.

Always, there are subtle (or even significant) differences. No two players are entirely alike, and certainly, no two teams are in the same situation with the same objectives.

That said, the Cleveland Indians deal which sent Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco to the New York Mets in exchange for four young players looks a great deal like the one between the Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers 11 months ago.

Like Lindor, Mookie Betts was an elite player at an important position on the field, entering his final year before reaching free agency. Like Lindor, Betts was just entering the prime of his baseball career. (Both had recently turned 27 at the time of the trades).

Like Carrasco, David Price had multiple years remaining on a big contract and there were questions about his durability. (In addition to some more generic baseball injuries, Carrasco is also a cancer survivor).

Like the Red Sox, the Indians made the painful decision to move on from a franchise player with the goal of getting younger and building for the future. (A key distinction: the Indians could not afford a contract extension for Lindor, while the Red Sox elected not to meet the asking price from Betts).

Given the similarities between the two deals, who made out better in the two deals -- the Red Sox or the Indians?

The Red Sox obtained outfielder Alex Verdugo, infield prospect Jeter Downs and catching prospect Connor Wong. Meanwhile, the Indians obtained shortstops Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez along with pitching prospect Josh Wolf and outfield prospect Isaiah Greene.

We spoke to two veteran talent evaluators who assessed the respective returns the Red Sox and Indians received in the mega-deals.

Their comments: