Cleveland Indians: The best and worst landing spots for Francisco Lindor

Shortstop Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Worst: The AL Central

The Cleveland Indians won’t want to face Francisco Lindor if they don’t have to, but facing him more than any other team would be the worst case scenario. If Lindor ends up being traded to any team in the division, then the Indians automatically lose the trade.

While Lindor going to the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals aren’t as threatening at the moment, the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox could become an unbreakable barrier in the division for the Indians if Lindor joins him.

The Twins and White Sox both have players that could be intriguing options for the Indians, but it won’t be worth having to go through Lindor to win the division. There’s some things that aren’t worth it and the return for Lindor isn’t worth having to face him so many times each season for the next decade.

No matter how great an offer any of the teams from the AL Central send the Indians, they need to look the other way and move Lindor to a different team. Warding off the entire American League would be ideal, but will be difficult, so just the AL Central will do. If they can avoid the Central, then that alone would be a small win in the trade process.