Cleveland Indians: 3 possible Francisco Lindor trades to Toronto Blue Jays

Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /
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Lourdes Gurriel, Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. #13 of the Toronto Blue Jays (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Base deal for Francisco Lindor

We’ll start with a simple trade that doesn’t cost either team much beyond the two desired players by each club. While it could be argued that Francisco Lindor for Lourdes Gurriel might be close to fair straight up, it’s hard to imagine that the Cleveland Indians would agree to that. Instead, the Toronto Blue Jays have to add another player to sweeten the deal.

The additional player in this deal that comes to the Indians is middle infielder Otto Lopez who is currently on the 40-man roster for the Blue Jays. As it currently stands, Lopez would provide a depth utility infielder for Toronto. However, with the addition of Lindor they would have plenty of infield options, allowing them to move Lopez.

At 22-years old, Lopez is the Blue Jays’ No. 13 prospect and would have the potential to start at one of the middle infield positions during the 2021 season for Cleveland and be part of the long-term plan. He can also play in the outfield, which could be intriguing as the rising prospects become available behind him at second and short.

Lopez only has 217 games in the minors, but has been able to slash .310/.374/.421 while also stealing 41 bases. Now, he hasn’t played above Single-A, but nonetheless those numbers show some promise.