Cleveland Indians: 3 favorites to get Francisco Lindor after Winter Meetings

Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images) /

With the Winter Meetings bringing little action, they did provide enough rumors to give clarity to where the Cleveland Indians could deal Francisco Lindor.

With the Winter Meetings being virtual this year, there was an expectation that less would happen, but we at least gained a sense of clarity for favorites to make a deal with the Cleveland Indians for Francisco Lindor. Reports once again surfaced that the Indians are “aggressively” looking for a trade partner.

For fans of the Tribe, this doesn’t come as a surprise as the writing has been on the wall for awhile now. However, the aggressiveness is starting to draw the attention of other teams who are emerging as clubs that could be interested.

After the success that Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers made this past season, there are multiple teams that are hoping to replicate that move and make a splash this offseason. The only catch is the uncertainty of the financial stability of teams after the 2020 season and the remaining unknowns of the 2021 season.

This, among others, is one of the reasons why the Indians want to move Lindor and save money. In order for that to happen, the Cleveland Indians need to find a team that is willing to give up a decent amount for Francisco Lindor, whether that be just one year or include a long-term agreement. Being one of the better and younger players in the league, Lindor is expected to bring a massive haul to Cleveland, but it might not be the best timing given the state of the league.

After the Winter Meetings, these three teams have been linked to Lindor the most and are emerging as potential favorites to strike a deal for the star shortstop. There could be other teams that come out of the shadows, but as we near the inevitable news of a deal keep an eye on these three teams to become increasingly aggressive to reach an agreement.