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)
Shortstop Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Worst: New York Yankees

To put it simply, it’s the Yankees. Whenever a big name player is on the free agent market or available through trades, New York emerges as a favorite. For once, the Indians can control if they land the big name and the Tribe should do everything in their power to ensure that Lindor doesn’t end up in pinstripes.

The Yankees have been the demise of the Indians in the playoffs more than once over the last few years, but beyond that, they might be the most hated team in the American League, and that includes the post-trash can Houston Astros.

Almost every year the Yankees are considered one of the favorites of the American League and adding Lindor to that roster is just fuel to the fire. With young stars already in Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gerrit Cole and so many others, Lindor would just increase those chances.

That doesn’t mention that if the American League runs through the Yankees, the Indians would have to get through Lindor to make the World Series. Again, while every team in the American League should be avoided if possible, the Yankees should be on the strict “do not trade with” list when it comes to Lindor.