After winning the NL Wild Card Game in 2017 the Diamondbacks have had lofty expectations to get back to the postseason but have not yet been able to do so. Now, Arizona likely faces another rebuild but if they were to shock the world and trade for Francisco Lindor the Indians could bring home a talented package.
A Lindor trade between Arizona and Cleveland would have to include Daulton Varsho. Varsho was the Diamondbacks top prospect before making his major league debut in 2020. The versatile catcher and outfielder struggled in his debut season as in 37 games, he slashed .188/.287/.366 with three home runs and nine RBI’s. Still, his ceiling is high and his best baseball is in front of him.
Kelly is Arizona’s ninth-ranked prospect and has quickly soared through the Diamondbacks minor league ranks. The former eighth round pick made 22 starts in High-A ball in 2019, posting a 2.15 ERA, 5-1 record and struck out 126 batters in 100 innings of work.
Fletcher is the Diamondbacks 23rd ranked prospect whom they drafted with the 75th overall pick of the 2019 Draft out of College Baseball powerhouse the University of Arkansas. In his first minor league action last season, he slashed an impressive .318/.398/.463 with five home runs and 28 RBI’s.
This package would give the Tribe a versatile player that can help right away either behind the plate or in the outfield, a promising young arm and an outfielder that is on a fast track to the majors.