The Cleveland Indians have made it clear that they intend to trade Francisco Lindor before Opening Day 2021, so what could an NL East trade look like?
While some were still holding out hope that the Cleveland Indians and Francisco Lindor could meet a long-term agreement, those were put to rest in just the last couple weeks. The Indians’ front office has committed to moving Lindor before Opening Day 2021, so what are some deals that the Indians could land?
There will be teams that are clear front runners for Lindor, but with a player of his caliber you could make the argument that every team is a potential trade partner, and that’s exactly what we plan to do. Beginning with the NL East, we’ll walk through all 29 teams in Major League Baseball that all serve as potential landing spots for the young shortstop.
In our last round of possible Lindor trades, three of the four teams that Lindor was packaged to were in the NL East. To keep things fresh, we won’t replicate those deals and will attempt to not even use the same players to create completely new deals for Lindor.
The key for any team attempting to land Lindor will have two parts. The first is that they have to have a strong enough farm system to interest the Indians will multiple prospects. The second is that the team will need to have enough money to sign Lindor long-term to make the trade worth it.
Being one of the best young players in the game, Lindor will be a hot commodity around the league. The Cleveland Indians might have hurt themselves by announcing their plans to trade him. Doing so lowers the value of any player because teams won’t offer as much knowing that the team is trying to dump him before the season. The sense of urgency is now on the Indians, not the other way around. Regardless he should bring a haul to Cleveland.