BALTIMORE, MD – APRIL 21: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians bats during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland (Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Francisco Lindor
SS, Francisco Lindor
SS, Gunnar Henderson
OF, Ryan McKenna
RHP, Brenan Hanifee
This one’s just for fun.
There’s a greater chance the rebuilding Baltimore Orioles win the 2021 World Series than trade for Francisco Lindor in a contract year, but it’s fun to fantasize on what a trade between Cleveland and Baltimore would look like.
The Indians would likely request shortstop Gunnar Henderson who Baltimore selected in the second round of the 2019 MLB Draft. Henderson is Baltimore’s sixth-ranked prospect per MLB Pipeline.
Henderson is still just 19-years old but has the potential to be one of the top hitting shortstops in baseball once he develops and reaches the majors making him an intriguing option to eventually fill Lindor’s position in the future.
Another name the Indians could ask for is outfielder Ryan McKenna. Cleveland undoubtedly needs outfield depth and McKenna is a prospect on the verge of reaching the majors. He is Baltimore’s 21st ranked prospect and was selected by the club in the fourth round of the 2015 Draft.
The 23-year-old is a .264 minor league hitter and slugged nine home runs in 135 games at Double-A Bowie in 2019.
Finally, Baltimore’s 27th ranked prospect Brenan Hanifee would be a great piece to complete the package. Hanifee was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 Draft by Baltimore and posted a 2.75 ERA in 12 starts in short-season ball in 2017 and a 2.86 ERA in 23 starts in Low-A ball in 2018.
He struggled in High-A ball in 2019, posting a 4.60 ERA in 22 starts and 24 overall outings but overall has had a solid minor league career and in Cleveland would join one of the best organizations at developing young pitching.