Cleveland Indians: Francisco Lindor trade possibilities to the AL Central

Shortstop Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Shortstop Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Riley Greene, Cleveland Indians
Riley Greene #59 of the Detroit Tigers (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

Tigers make leap for Lindor

The Detroit Tigers are slowly approaching the end of Miguel Cabrera’s contract and it could time up perfectly for when their roster is ready to compete at a high level with Casey Mize, Matt Manning and the other young pitchers that will all soon be in the majors. The Tigers might be able to get ahead of the curve a bit by adding Lindor to their lineup.

Francisco Lindor would provide a much needed offensive burst in Detroit that would improve their chances of winning by finally giving some run support to the young pitching staff.

For the Cleveland Indians, they add two of the Tigers’ top prospects with Riley Greene and Isaac Paredes. Greene and Paredes would both fill holes in the Indians’ lineup, although it might take a bit of time for them to be ready.

Greene was the fifth overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft and is the Tigers’ No. 4 prospect with a current debut projection of 2022. At just 20-years old, Greene has a lot of potential and could be in the minors for just a season before arriving to the majors. He only has 57 games in the minors and slashed .271/.347/.403.

Paredes is a bit closer to being major league-ready and could see regular time in 2021. At 21-years old, Paredes debuted in August, playing in 34 games for the Tigers. Paredes had a few bumps, but was able to sustain play. He’s still the No. 6 prospect in the Detroit system.