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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Victor Robles, Washington Nationals
Victor Robles #16 of the Washington Nationals (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Indians receive MLB-experienced outfielder

After winning the World Series in 2019, the Washington Nationals completely missed the playoffs in 2020, which could push them to make a splash. Acquiring Lindor could push Trea Turner back to center field, which would allow the Nationals more flexibility to move Victor Robles to Cleveland.

In 2019, Robles showed his full potential, hitting 17 home runs and stealing 28 bases for the Nationals. He still has plenty of club control left for the Cleveland Indians and would hold down their center field position better than any internal options they have right now.

Of the other players in the deal, both Andry Lara and Roismar Quintana are a long way off from the majors. Both are 17-years old, but Lara is the Nationals’ No. 5 prospect and Quintana their No. 15.

The other player that would contribute in the near future is Drew Mendoza. Currently Washington’s No. 11 prospect, he would enter the mix to become the Indians next first baseman. While at Florida State, Mendoza belted 33 home runs over 170 games while maintaining a slash line of .300/.443/.540.

While the Nationals don’t offer the Cleveland Indians a top prospect like the other deals, both Robles and Mendoza would be in the majors in the near future and be productive while Lara and Quintana could blossom as well.

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