Cleveland Indians: Francisco Lindor trade packages from the NL East

Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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JJ Bleday #67 of the Miami Marlins (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Lindor takes his talents to South Beach

The Miami Marlins were one of the great surprises of the 2020 baseball season and they could be looking to upgrade their shortstop. Miguel Rojas was solid, being named a Gold Glove finalist, but at 32-years old when the 2021 season begins, he could be moved. That’s where Lindor comes in. The Marlins wouldn’t miss a beat defensively, improve offensively and Lindor is much younger.

Rojas’ is due $5 million in 2021 and has a club option for 2022 set at $5.5 million, which would both save Cleveland money. While he might be a bit older for the team’s future plans, he could provide the perfect bridge to the next star. He’s strong defensively and has proven that he can contribute on a regular basis.

Next in the deal is No. 2 prospect and outfielder J.J. Bleday. At just 23-years old when the season begins, Bleday is one of the most highly touted prospects in the Marlins’ organization. He’s only played 38 games in the minors, coming at High-A, but his time in college at Vanderbilt was impressive, slashing .326/.449/.553 over 161 games.

The final aspect of the trade is the Marlins’ No. 10 prospect and another outfielder, Monte Harrison. Playing in 32 games for the Marlins during the 2020 season, Harrison struggled to find consistency. However, he’s young enough to take a chance on to see if he can improve.