You can’t talk about the Indians making a trade this offseason and not bring up Francisco Lindor. He isn’t just the name at the top of the list in Cleveland for trades, but more than likely all of baseball as well. Given his high price tag after this coming season, which won’t be cheap either, Lindor will have priced himself out of Cleveland, so if the Indians want anything in return, they need to make it happen now.
During the season, we talked about three dream trades for Lindor and then when the season ended, we came up with four more packages for the star shortstop. There’s no question that he will be the hottest name on the market.
That is in large part thanks to the success of the Dodgers after acquiring Mookie Betts. Betts has been a huge part of the Dodgers’ success this season after they traded for him this past offseason. Betts was in a near identical position as Lindor, so teams that view Betts as the difference in LA could be more interested in landing Lindor.
Should the Indians move Lindor before the start of the 2021 season, they should receive a massive haul for the young star. Lindor has been at the top of the game for a few years now and despite a down year in 2020, he’s still regarded as one of the best shortstops in baseball.