Cleveland Indians: Four blockbuster trades for Francisco Lindor

Shortstop Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Shortstop Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Philadelphia Phillies, Mickey Moniak
Mickey Moniak #16 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Phillies send Cleveland No. 2 prospect

The Phillies don’t have much left in their minor league system, which is why they add a fourth player opposed to the three in the first two deals. Philadelphia tried Didi Gregorious on a one-year deal, but with him out of the picture in 2021, bringing in Lindor to pair with Bryce Harper could be the ideal move.

In order for Philadelphia to land Lindor, they will have to part ways with No. 2 prospect, Bryson Scott. The team’s first round pick in the 2019 draft, Scott is highly regarded across the league, but might take a year or two before being MLB-ready.

The second player is the Phillies’ No. 7 prospect, Rafael Marchan who is a 21-year old switch-hitting catcher. The Indians aren’t in dire need of a catcher at the moment, but adding another catching prospect is always a plus. Marchan saw a bit of time in the majors this season, batting .500 over eight at-bats. With Roberto Perez having two years of options left and Austin Hedges two years of arbitration, this gives the Indians a bit of leverage.

Of the players coming to Cleveland, Mickey Moniak is probably the one that would contribute first. Over 18 games with the Phillies, Moniak slashed .214/.389/.214 with four walks. The stat line isn’t incredible, but he is the team’s No. 12 prospect and provides another outfield option.

The final player is Daniel Brito, the No. 29 prospect, but one that will be MLB-ready very soon. The Indians have a lot of middle infield talent in the minors and Brito would add to that. He would be the first called up to audition for the openings.