If the Cleveland Indians decide to ship four-time shortstop Francisco Lindor to the NL West, here’s what they could land in return.
The four-time All-Star will hit the free-agent market after the 2021 season and Indians owner Paul Dolan has made it clear the team cannot afford to give Lindor the long-term deal likely north of $300 million that he will likely desire.
Instead of letting him the open market, the Indians will look to cash in and earn compensation in the form of young MLB ready talent or prospects via trade this offseason.
Many teams are said to be interested in acquiring Lindor this offseason and a few clubs from the NL West are among them. The Los Angeles Dodgers, like with every star player, have shown interest in a potential trade for Lindor, while the San Diego Padres who the Indians have a long trade history with have also generated some buzz.
While the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants are long shots to make a move for Lindor, they’ve all been known to make bold moves.
Here’s a look at potential Lindor trade packages the Indians could potentially land if they were to move the shortstop to an NL West club.