Cleveland Indians: Francisco Lindor trade packages from the NL East

Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /
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Starlin Castro, Cleveland Indians
Starlin Castro #14 of the Washington Nationals (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

Destination D.C. for Lindor

The Washington Nationals have other pieces that could be a bigger draw to the Indians, but I wrote about those players in the last trade piece about Lindor, so I went a totally different route this time.

While Starlin Castro played second base for the Nationals, the arrival of Lindor pushes Trea Turner over to second in this case, making moving Castro possible. With just one-year left on his deal at $6 million, Castro is one of the best options the Tribe will find to fill the second base role until a prospect is ready. He isn’t the best return, but he buys the team time.

As for the rest of the pieces they are all for the future with all four being 19 or younger currently. Eddy Yean is the highest rated prospect of the bunch at No. 6.  He’s had limited experience so far with mixed results, but is intriguing.

The two outfielders in the deal, being Jeremy De La Rosa and Daniel Marte, are both 18-years old and are the Nationals’ No. 13 and No. 21 prospects, respectively. The Indians could receive both in hopes that one turns out, but maybe both could blossom along the way into strong outfielders.

The final prospect is shortstop Sammy Infante who is the No. 25 prospect in Washington and is 19-years old. The Nationals’ second round pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, he hasn’t hit the field yet to produce stats, but is another young and intriguing prospect.

The return here obviously isn’t want you want to see the Cleveland Indians get for Francisco Lindor, but unfortunately there isn’t a much better package the Nats can put together that contains players the Indians need and the Nationals will part with.